Orchestra fundraiser pulls in $120,000

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra raised $120,000 at its Nov. 2 fundraising gala at Clark College's Gaiser Hall.

Given the nonprofit orchestra's recent financial difficulties, that sum has orchestra members and fans cheering. "It was a fun evening and we could not be happier with the end result," said VSO executive director Igor Shakhman.

VSO board Chair Kathy McDonald called it "one of the highest totals in recent history" for the annual event, which was attended by 230 people. The theme was "Swinging on a Star," and dress and music for the evening were styled after the swinging 1930s and 1940s.

The big sum caps off a successful return to form for the organization in 2013. It offered six symphony concerts, nine chamber music concerts and a free outdoor concert in September.

Proceeds from this annual event support the symphony's budget for purchasing music, concert production and performances, as well as ongoing educational programs and community outreach.

The VSO performs regularly at Skyview Concert Hall, and smaller chamber groups play at the Kiggins Theater. Tickets are on sale now at www.vancouversymphony.org or by calling 360-735-7278.