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Former Austinite Renee Zellweger donates $50,000 to SIMS Foundation

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Renee Zellweger was recently presented with the Changemaker Award at the Greenwich International Film Festival in Connecticut, an award that “honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.”

Zellweger, an Austin native, promptly donated the money to the SIMS Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing mental health and substance abuse services to the local music community.

“We are beyond words for her generosity and love for Austin musicians. Thank you, Renée!” reps from SIMS said in a press release.

The SIMS Foundation was established in 1995 after Sims Ellison, bass player for local band metal band Pariah took his own life. Zellweger and Sims dated for three years when Zellweger was an unknown local actress and Sims was a rapidly rising artist.

Former Statesman writer Michael Corcoran, wrote a wonderful piece remembering Sims to honor the foundation’s anniversary in 2010.