The Simms Family

The Simms Family, Las Vegas c. 1957.
Chester, Dawn, Marie, and Douglas Simms

Striving to Promote the Common Good

The Simms Foundation was founded over 20 years ago by Douglas Simms to focus on raising awarness and supporting medical research for oral and head and neck cancer. A cancer Doug fought for nearly 5 years.

In addition, the foundation provides scholarships, supports public television programming, animal rights and other causes in Las Vegas.

The Simms family has been a part of the Las Vegas community since 1951 when Doug’s father, Chester Simms, took over running the casino at the Flamingo. This city never sleeps, and we won’t until cancer is defeated.

Supporting the Community

Cancer Center

You are not alone. Whether you have cancer or a loved one, the Simms Foundation is here to help.


We have established scholarships in memorial of Chester, Marie and Dawn Marie Simms.

Vegas PBS

We believe in the quality of independent journalism and support local programming on Vegas PBS.

Animal Rights

We strongly support animal rights and holding individuals accountable when an animal is harmed.

The Simms Family

Chester Simms and Elvis Presley

Thanks for Everything!

Chester Simms

A Las Vegas casino pioneer. Learn more about Chester and his life.

Marie Bohlman Simms

Thanks for Everything!

Marie Simms

The Las Vegas matriarch of mid century fashion. Learn more about Marie Simms.

Dawn Marie Simms

Thanks for Everything!

Dawn Marie Simms

An accomplished chef, master gardener, and woman’s rights advocate,  learn more about Dawn Marie Simms.

The Simms Family Special Events

Douglas Simms and the models from the Galanos Event 2008

FIT/Galanos Event

Marie Simms only wore the best fashion clothing. Experience the event where her clothing was used in a fashion show.

Star Celebration: A Tribute to Chester Simms

Experience the party and dedication of Chester’s star on the strip.

Dawn Marie Simms cooking up a storm

Dawn's Garden

Dawn Marie Simms was a master gardener. Their childhood elementary school planted one in her honor.