FELIDA — The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra raised $175,165 during its first-ever free virtual gala on Sept. 20. The funds will help the organization, which faced a significant shortfall in earned income due to the pandemic. Nearly 250 people watched performances and special appearances from Vancouver Symphony Orchestra musicians and artists. A highlight of the event was when Maestro Salvador Brotons, music director and conductor of the symphony orchestra, was awarded this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clark County Arts Commission as he celebrates his 30-year anniversary. The program consisted of multiple performances and special greetings from orchestra musicians, acclaimed guest artists such as Gerard Schwarz, Orli Shaham, David Shifrin, Vladimir Feltsman, David Rejano and Cristina Montes Mateo, as well as this year’s Young Artist Competition winner in the strings category, Hanami Froom, which highlighted the work the symphony is doing to support music education in the region. The VSO honored Brotons’s years with the symphony in a celebratory video created by his daughter, Clara Brotons. The funds raised from the gala mark the second-highest amount ever contributed to the organization during one event and will be used to help the symphony orchestra continue into its 42nd season. Learn more at vancouversymphony.org/gala-2020.