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SIMS Heart of the City jams out for musicians' mental health services in Austin

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Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Nakia
Nakia singing at the Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 show. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Oscar and Veronica Leal
Oscar and Veronica Leal buying raffle tickets. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Raffle Items
Raffle items. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Daniel James Leopold
Daniel James Leopold performing. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Tricia Bridges
Tricia Bridges looking at the raffle items. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Audrey Baxter
Audrey Baxter and friend. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Houston Tillotson RamNites Step Dance Team
The Huston-Tillotson RamNites Step Dance Team. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Tameca Jones
Tameca Jones performing. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Bobby Patterson
Bobby Patterson performing. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Nakia and Bobby Patterson
Nakia and Bobby Patterson. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Nakia and Amanda Garcia of ACVB
Nakia, Amanda Garcia, and other Heart of the City 2014 attendees. Photo by John Leach
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Nakia
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Oscar and Veronica Leal
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Raffle Items
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Daniel James Leopold
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Tricia Bridges
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Audrey Baxter
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Houston Tillotson RamNites Step Dance Team
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Tameca Jones
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Bobby Patterson
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Nakia and Bobby Patterson
Sims Foundation Heart of the City 2014 Nakia and Amanda Garcia of ACVB

The Scottish Rite Theater turned into a space of soul and solidarity on Saturday, February 15 when the SIMS Foundation put on the Heart of the City: A Celebration of Soul concert. Listening to such legendary acts as Bobby PattersonNakia, Daniel James Leopold and Tameca Jones and watching the impressive moves of the Huston-Tillotson RamNites Step Dance Team, attendees not only got a great show, they got to support a great cause. 

Heart of the City shines a spotlight on the SIMS Foundation and the mental health services the organization has been providing since the mid-1990s. Named for Sims Ellison, an Austin musician who lost his battle with depression in 1995, the Foundation connects struggling members of the Austin music community with the affordable mental health care they need.

The event was lead by chairs Noel Bridges and Will Bridges and committee members including Darlene Starr, Angela Salas, Sam Elkin, Ramona Cruz-Peters and Amanda Garcia.

Among the attendees who came out in support were Tricia Bridges, Oscar and Veronica Leal, Dr. Ann Riopel and Audrey Baxter​, all of whom dined, sipped, danced and raffled the night away for a very a good cause.

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