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Rock-star gala reveals major announcement for Austin music community

Rock-star gala reveals major announcement for Austin music community

SIMS Stargazing Patti Griffin & David Pulkingham
Patti Griffin and David Pulkingham perform at the Sims Foundation's 20th anniversary gala. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing Sandy Boone, Louis Black, Heather Alden
Sandy Boone, Louis Black, Heather Alden. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing Nakia & Jody Denberg
Nakia, Jody Denberg. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing Michael Corcoran
Michael Corcoran. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing Marlon Sexton & Hunter Sharpe
Marlon Sexton, Hunter Sharpe. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing David Garza & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (w_ Conrad Choucroun George Reiff Adrian Quesada)
David Garza, Jimmie Dale Gilmore (with Conrad Choucroun, George Reiff, and Adrian Quesada). Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing Kyle Ellison
Kyle Ellison. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
SIMS Stargazing Patti Griffin & David Pulkingham
SIMS Stargazing Sandy Boone, Louis Black, Heather Alden
SIMS Stargazing Nakia & Jody Denberg
SIMS Stargazing Michael Corcoran
SIMS Stargazing Marlon Sexton & Hunter Sharpe
SIMS Stargazing David Garza & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (w_ Conrad Choucroun George Reiff Adrian Quesada)
SIMS Stargazing Kyle Ellison

What: Sims Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala

Where: KLRU Studio 6A

The details: On December 5, the home of the original Austin City Limits — KLRU Studio 6A — transformed into a star-studded gala to celebrate the Sims Foundation's 20th anniversary of offering much-needed mental health services to local musicians.

The music-focused gala honored Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro, and Louis Black, the three founders of SXSW; Gilbert Ramos and Mary Combs, two longtime Sims network providers; and Jody Denberg and Andy Langer, who have brought in $2.5 million to fund Sims through KGSR Broadcast CDs.

The night also promised a "big announcement," which guests in attendance eagerly anticipated. In January 2016, the nonprofit will expand its coverage eligibility to qualifying individuals across the entire Austin music industry: lighting technicians, audio engineers, event production professionals, among others will now have access to Sims' services.

To celebrate the announcement, Patty Griffin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nakia, The Peterson Brothers, and many more performed alongside a stellar house band featuring the likes of Grammy Award-winner Adrian Quesada.  

Who: Patty Griffin, ​Adrian QuesadaSandy Boone, Louis Black, Heather Alden, Jody Denberg, Chris Layton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Michael CorcoranLolita Carroll, Nakia, Elias Haslanger, Kyle Ellison, David Garza, Nina Diaz, The Peterson Brothers, Hunter Sharpe, Peter Stopschinski, Michael Ramos, and Jazz Mills.