Weekend benefits raise $13,000 for symphony

Orchestra now almost a third of way toward goal

By Craig Brown, Columbian Metro Editor



Benefit concerts over the weekend brought in $13,247 for the Vancouver Symphony, which announced earlier this month that it will need to raise money in order to continue operating.

The weekend receipts and other donations and pledges bring the 32-year-old symphony nearly a third of the way toward its $100,000 fundraising goal for June 30, according to a news release. Like other arts organizations, the symphony has suffered during the recession due to the loss of sponsorships and donations, even as ticket sales have been steady.

Chamber-style concerts were held Friday and Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

For more information on the orchestra, visit http://www.vancouversymphony.org.