Venues in Utah, Nevada and California invited to fundraise alongside Guinness World Record attempt to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities around the globe.
Phoenix, Ariz. – Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and Big Country, is spending a year and a half traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, donating his time and talent by performing at 200+ concerts for free in venues ranging from historic theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, all to help raise $1 million for good causes. 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.”
This fall Helmer will raise the stakes of his already-successful ‘Support YOUR Cause’ tour (now approaching the $400,000 mark in funds raised) with an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities). The current record is 10, set by Hunter Hayes in 2014. Helmer plans to beat that record with 12 concerts in 24 hours on December 1, 2015, a date that coincides with #GivingTuesday. His goal is to help raise $1 million for Kostopulos Dream Foundation, home of Camp K in Salt Lake City, UT and raise awareness about people living with disabilities around the world.
Here’s how it will work:
- Venues: 12 lucky venues will be selected by September 1, 2015 along a strategic route yet to be determined, that will begin in Southern California and end in Northern Utah
- Fundraising: Non-profit venues are encouraged to leverage Helmer's attempt to raise funds for themselves. His successful appearance at the Historic Midland Theatre is a model non-profit venues can use to make the most of this event
- Helmer’s World Record Appearance: Helmer will visit each venue for a brief concert on December 1 for the Guinness World Record attempt. To break the world record, each of his 12 appearances on that date will consist of a 15-30 minute set, but hopes his performances will coincide will an entire day and night of fundraising at each venue
- Performance: Helmer’s appearance will consist of an upbeat, solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites, along with selections from his current album, Wake Me When It's Over
- Technical Requirements: Helmer’s acoustic set means few technical demands, allowing venues to easily work his appearance into their existing programming
- Guinness Requirements: Participating venues must have a seating capacity of 300 or more and be at least 31 miles apart from each other. Each city must have a minimum population of 15,000, and half must have a population of at least 100,000. Each concert must last at least 15 minutes
- To Be Considered: Venues interested in being selected as one of 12 stops during Helmer's Guinness World Record attempt should register before AUGUST 31, 2015
- Camp K Support: Each participating venue is asked to donate 10% of all money raised during Helmer's attempt to Camp K through the Kostopulos Dream Foundation
The Kostopulos Dream Foundation, home of Camp Kostopulos (Camp K) in Salt Lake City, UT, serves people with disabilities and special needs. The individuals served come from all over the nation and world to experience programs centered on recreation, education, and growth opportunities. Camp K is near and dear to Helmer’s heart. His tour made a stop there in 2014 and helped raise $8,500 for the Foundation. When Helmer returned for this year’s Family Fun Day and Concert in the Canyon, the events raised nearly $20,000. The Foundation’s President and CEO, Mircea Divricean, expressed his gratitude to Helmer in this letter of appreciation. Under Divricean’s leadership, the foundation has already secured matching fund pledges totaling $250,000 for its participation in the Guinness World Record attempt.
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.” Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances.
Venues interested in fundraising with Helmer's world record attempt can be considered by filling out the registration form before AUGUST 31, 2015. Theatres and all other non-profits wishing to fundraise at any other time during the year can register here. Scott Helmer proudly endorses Elixir Strings, Gator Cases, Godin Guitars and Seagull Guitars. Helmer is also accepting tour sponsors. Businesses and individuals can learn more here.