Debra Finlay, McCarthy Tetrault partner and VSO board member; and Fred Withers, VSO board chair

Debra Finlay, McCarthy Tetrault partner and VSO board member; and Fred Withers, VSO board chair

Alan Pyatt, VSO board member; and his wife, Gwendoline

Alan Pyatt, VSO board member; and his wife, Gwendoline

Alicia McBurney; and her husband, Kevin McBurney, Korn Ferry office managing director

Alicia McBurney; and her husband, Kevin McBurney, Korn Ferry office managing director

The VSO School of Music students perform for guests as they enter the reception

The VSO School of Music students perform for guests as they enter the reception

Bert Hick, Rising Tides Consultants president; and Christina Rowntree, Vancouver Aquarium's Night at the Aquarium chair

Bert Hick, Rising Tides Consultants president; and Christina Rowntree, Vancouver Aquarium's Night at the Aquarium chair

Christina Chen, Richmond School Board counsellor; and Michael Fish, Pacific Surgical president

Christina Chen, Richmond School Board counsellor; and Michael Fish, Pacific Surgical president

Katarina Osterlind; and her husband, David Cunningham, Telus VP government relations

Katarina Osterlind; and her husband, David Cunningham, Telus VP government relations

A Painted Violin Project piece by artist Cori Creed, up for the silent auction

A Painted Violin Project piece by artist Cori Creed, up for the silent auction

Joanne Smith; and her husband, Stanis Smith, Stantec EVP

Joanne Smith; and her husband, Stanis Smith, Stantec EVP

Cat Grant, VSO board member; and Damon Vignale, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker for the documentary The Exhibition

Cat Grant, VSO board member; and Damon Vignale, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker for the documentary The Exhibition

Alan Gove, VSO marketing and sales acting president and CEO; and his wife, Anna Gove

Alan Gove, VSO marketing and sales acting president and CEO; and his wife, Anna Gove

Shannon Dolphin, Dolphin Enterprises CEO; and Kristina Howe, KGHM International manager of corporate communications.

Shannon Dolphin, Dolphin Enterprises CEO; and Kristina Howe, KGHM International manager of corporate communications

The VSO performs in the ballroom

The VSO performs in the ballroom

Guests enjoy dinner at the 25th Anniversary Vancouver Symphony Ball

Guests enjoy dinner at the 25th Anniversary Vancouver Symphony Ball

25th Anniversary Vancouver Symphony Ball 2015
Vancouver Convention Centre
February 12, 2015

The 25th Anniversary Vancouver Symphony Ball, produced by SLJ Productions, raised more than $925,000 to support programs at the VSO. More than 650 guests guests entered the foyer to the sounds of VSO School of Music students performing, then sipped champagne while checking out silent auction items including a Painted Violin Project of four violins each painted by a different artist. There was also a raffle of a $13,500 Montecristo Mikimoto pearl necklace.

The emcee for the evening was Bard on the Beach's Christopher Gaze who was followed by a VSO concert conducted by Gordon Gerrard. Between dinner courses, VSO board chair Fred Withers made welcoming remarks. Later in the evening there was dancing to the VSO, the raffle draw and the conclusion of the silent auction.

Almost $10 million has been raised since the first ball in 1991, which has been directly invested back into the performance and music education activities of the VSO.