The SIMS Foundation is in the best financial shape of its 12-year history and recently added conflict resolution and intervention counseling to its menu of services. "I think we had the bejesus scared out of us a couple of years ago," says president/clinical director Sandra Bruce. "It dawned on us we really didn't know how much money we were authorizing and how much money we had in the bank." SIMS' cousin, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, has more than 80 local businesses already signed up for this year's HAAM Benefit Day, Oct. 2.
ME Television took home five Telly awards last week, two apiece for its ME Live! and Austinville programs and one for Texas Legends. Austinville's B-Boy City episode captured the highest Telly, silver, and its poetry-slam show captured bronze. Founded in 1978, the NYC-based Tellys honor outstanding achievement in local, regional, and cable programming.
In April, police recovered a trove of stolen Stevie Ray Vaughan memorabilia from two men now charged with felony theft, the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday. Vaughan's brother, Jimmie, reported his storage unit had been burglarized in February and April, police said; six guitars and several other items are still missing. Shockingly, police discovered the loot when called to investigate a "suspicious odor" at the suspects' North Austin motel room. They're currently at large. Call 911 if you know their whereabouts or 974-8607 with info on the stolen property.
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