Doctor, musician, cancer survivor, tireless arts leader, ebullient person — those are just a few of the terms that could be used to describe Dr. Patricia Saracco, better known as Patty to the many who know, admire and love her.
Saracco was given the Brawley Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Branding Iron Award for community service June 8. All those who have been selected for the award over the years have been deserving, but Saracco rates toward the top of that list.
Brought to Brawley in 1972 by her doctor husband's work at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Patty Saracco soon opened her own internal medicine private practice in Brawley and worked there until retiring in 1990. The next year she enrolled in a music conducting program at Scripps College and graduated a couple years later with a bachelor's degree in music. From 1993-1998 she was assistant conductor for the Imperial Valley Symphony. She also is the music director for the First Presbyterian Church in Brawley.