2019 Gala

“An Evening on Broadway” Gala Entertains and Inspires Support for the VSO

The Virginia Symphony Society’s annual gala benefit for the Virginia Symphony, took take place on April 14th at the Two Rivers Country Club in Governor’s Land in Williamsburg. This year’s gala recognized the tremendous contributions of the 2019 Gala Honoree, Patrick McDermott, as well as Honorary Chairs, Bob and Diane Petterson.

In his remarks, Patrick emphasized his passion for the mission of the VSO and the importance of a servant-minded spirit. We thank Patrick for his positive support and for all of his efforts on behalf of the VSO.

Actress and Yorktown native, Tiffany Haas, famous for her role as Glinda in the Broadway show Wicked, mesmerized guests with lively renditions of Broadway tunes. Tiffany was accompanied by talented pianist Bart Keubler.

Local high school orchestra students provided live music during the cocktail hour and were recognized at the dinner. A silent auction and live auction items included a trip to New York City with tickets to Broadway shows, a wine-tasting experience, and a voice lesson with Tiffany Haas – raising nearly $30,000 for the VSO in addition to sponsorships, ticket sales, and individual gifts.

Over the years, proceeds from VSS galas have totaled over $250,000 – providing direct support for VSO led musical experiences in our region – including local concert programming and new music education programs led by professional VSO musicians in our schools.

Auctioneer and Gala Committee Thank You


 Special thanks to our Auctioneer team of Rick & Lara Overy of Compass Wealth Strategies and Aaron Williams of Williams Landscape & Design whose continued efforts helped us raise thousands of dollars to support music outreach in our community.

A big thank you also goes out to the 2019 Gala Planning Committee for all of the time and volunteer hours spent making the night so special. From coordinating with musicians, menu planning, marketing, ticketing, finance, auction planning and more – this team did an outstanding job attending to every detail.

We thank you and appreciate you for all you do!


Thank You to Our 2019 Gala Sponsors


Charles & Mari Ann Banks


Alex & Rosemary Hutcherson


Brenda Snow & Oliver Portman


Bob & Diane Petterson



Beverly & Dick Hanley

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