If the Heart of the City: A Celebration of Soul event was any barometer, The SIMS Foundation sure knows how to throw a rockin’ fundraiser. A sold-out soul review brought the house down on Saturday at the Scottish Rite Theater, while raising money and awareness about the foundation that supports musicians with mental health and addiction recovery assistance.
Chaired by the lovely Noel and Will Bridges, the evening featured performances from Bobby Patterson, Tameka Jones, Daniel James Leopold, Dan Dyer and Nakia, backed by an all-star house band headed by the ubiquitous Adrian Qesada. No stranger to addiction himself, Nakia shared his own story of how the SIMS Foundation helped him during a dark and trying time. Then he proceeded to blow the roof off with his powerful voice.
SIMS Managing Director Heather Alden spoke about the importance of mental health services for musicians and how this event helps to further the mission of the organization. By serving over 600 musicians a year, Alden is obviously passionate about the artists and families that benefit from this unique nonprofit, and the community as a whole is better off for their efforts.
Each year, SIMS connects hundreds of musicians with with counseling, psychiatric, and addiction treatment services. They work with dozens of provider therapists, counselors and psychiatrists, and partner with organizations like Austin Recovery, Seton Mind Institute and Hickory Wind Ranch.