Scott Helmer's 'Support YOUR Cause' tour makes a fundraising stop at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts to benefit Renew Therapeutic Riding Center on October
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 $2 million for good causes in the process.
The Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015 began on May 17, 2014 with a motorcycle ride and concert to benefit Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim CA, and will end with the final benefit concert on December 31, 2015. The entertainer’s offer to all charities and nonprofits across America is straightforward: Upbeat, energetic solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with original material from his new CD, Wake Me When It’s Over, at their fundraising event free of charge. To date, more than 150 groups, including seventy-five historic theatres have signed up, ranging from the Kostopulos Dream Foundation in Utah the historic Midland Theatre in Ohio. Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances on the tour. His only requirement is that each historic theatre or charity has a goal of raising at least $10,000 during its event.
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.”
Historic theatres 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 and Pedaltrain. Helmer is also accepting tour sponsors. Businesses and individuals can learn more here.