ABC 4 Utah and musician Scott Helmer partner to break Guinness World Records title to support Kostopulos Dream Foundation and children and adults with special needs.
Phoenix, Ariz. – If you had told entertainer Scott Helmer a few years ago that he’d be attempting to break a Guinness World Records title this fall, he probably wouldn't have believed you. But that’s exactly what he’ll be doing during the 24 hours from Monday night November 30 to Tuesday night December 1, a date widely known as #GivingTuesday. The independent touring and recording artist has set his sites on the Guinness World Records title for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities). Originally set by hip-hop star Jay-Z in 2006, the current record is 10, set by Hunter Hayes in 2014. Helmer plans to beat that record with 12 concerts - WATCH the Official #GWR4CampK Commercial
Tuacahn Center for the Arts will host the sixth of twelve concert stops on Tuesday, December 1. Helmer will take the stage at 11:30 AM to entertain the crowd with his upbeat set of rock and country favorites along with original material from his new CD, Wake Me When It’s Over. In addition, he will perform 10 additional short concerts in CA, NV, and UT, including appearances in San Diego, Temecula, Las Vegas, Mesquite, Cedar City, Provo, Tooele, Logan, Ogden, and the wrap-up in Salt Lake City. Tickets to some of these events will be made free of charge thanks to the generosity of Wells Fargo, Worker's Compensation Fund, and Goldman Sachs. Check the Official Tour Dates page on Helmer’s website to get your tickets to any of these events.
Helmer’s attempt isn’t just for the sake of landing a Guinness World Records title. His real goal, together with partner ABC 4 Utah is to help raise $1 million for Kostopulos Dream Foundation, home of Camp K in Salt Lake City, UT, a non-profit that has existed for more than 50 years to serve children and adults living with disabilities and special needs from around the world. More than $400,000 has already been raised in the lead-up to the world record attempt, which leaves $600,000 to go.
"I was originally going to break this record on the East Coast and use it as vehicle to help raise money for twelve different historic theatres and non-profit charities but decided to take it out west and make it all about Camp K," said Helmer.
This is the biggest thing to happen at Camp K in our more than 50-year history," says Camp K's President and CEO, Mircea Divricean. He adds, "Camp K is responsible for producing the attempt and we are grateful for the tremendous amount of support we are receiving from the community." "Accomplishing something like this would not be possible without everyone's generosity and belief in what we are doing."
“Helping raise money for Camp K as well as awareness about people living with disabilities and special needs is the perfect ending for my Support YOUR Cause Tour,” Helmer said. When asked how he could get to so many venues in different states within 24 hours, he added, “Thanks to the generous support of The University of Utah, which has graciously donated the use of one of its AirMed Helicopters to deliver me to the last five concerts in Utah.”
Helmer, who has opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and Big Country, has already spent well over a year traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, donating his time and talent by performing 100+ concerts for free in venues ranging from historic theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, all to help raise $1 million for good causes. To date, Helmer's tour has helped raise over $700,000 for worthy causes ranging from special needs children and adults to military veterans and their families, animal and pet charities, food banks, non-profit theatres, and many more. The world record attempt will turbo-boost his already-successful tour.
It’s hard to imagine a person like Helmer would ever put a gun in his mouth to commit suicide, but he did exactly that during his darkest hour in 2008. “Everything I’m doing now goes back to that moment where I was one second away from pulling the trigger,” says Helmer.
After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him his livelihood and his family, Helmer hit the reset button on his life to focus on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others, which is why he’s also an enthusiastic volunteer for Musicians On Call. Helmer notes, “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can. I hope my story inspires others to never give up.” He is deeply moved by the good work happening at Camp K on behalf of people living with disabilities, and hopes millions of people from around the world will support this important cause.