receives award from UMW orchestra
Fredericksburg resident Gail Braxton
was awarded the University of Mary Washington-Community Symphony Orchestra's Citizen Salute Award
yesterday during the annual Celebrity Series concert.
The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the community, which Braxton
has been doing through volunteer work for more than 30 years, according to a press release from the University of Mary Washington
One of her
nominators said, "One cannot know Gail
without being impressed with her
commitment to our community, its history and the importance of preserving that history."
The former Spotsylvania County teacher and University of Mary Washington personnel director shifted her
focus to family and volunteer commitment once her
children were born. Active in city issues, Braxton served more than 10 years on the Planning Commission, both as a member and as chairwoman.She is a former board member of the UMW-Community Symphony Orchestra and the past president of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Junior Board. She has been active in the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club and the Garden Club of Virginia.Braxton joined the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities in 1974 and assumed various responsibilities before becoming director of the Mary Washington Branch in 1981, a post she still holds.Braxton
was selected for the award by the Citizen Salute Committee of the Friends of the Orchestra