Righting the Wrongs and Making a Difference: One Man’s Comeback Story
$225,000+ Raised to Date for Charities & Historic Theatres with Help From Scott Helmer’s Concert Tour
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 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.”
Helmer’s life was all about music from an early age, but he gave it up in his twenties to start a business and have the security of a “real” job. During the Great Recession, his company was hit hard. In a moment of desperation, Helmer committed a serious crime by using money from the company’s trust fund to try and keep the business afloat. As it all came crashing down, he lost his livelihood, his family, his self-respect, and faced incarceration. In the moment before pulling the trigger, he cried out to God for help, vowing to deal with his mistakes and not give up. After doing just that, Helmer then hit the reset button on his life to focus on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others. “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can. I hope my story inspires others to never give up.”
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 ends with his final benefit on December 31, 2015. Until then, historic theatres, charities and good causes can still register to be considered. November 2014 was the tour’s best month yet, helping raise $175,000+ with stops in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota. Helmer’s doing all this on his own, without the backing of a record label, manager, booking agent or publicist.
Helmer’s tour consists of the entertainer’s offer to all charities and nonprofits across America: Upbeat, energetic solo-acoustic 90-minute 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 Salt Lake City, UT to the historic Raymond Theatre in Washington. Helmer does not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances on the Support YOUR Cause Tour. “I'm simply offering to perform at fundraising events free of charge, to help them raise money and awareness for their cause,” he explained. His only requirement is that each historic theatre or charity has a goal of raising at least $5,000 during its event.
Good causes and historic theatres interested in fundraising with Helmer's tour can be considered by filling out the registration form. Scott Helmer proudly endorses Elixir Strings, Gator Cases, Pedaltrain and Planet Waves. Helmer is also accepting tour sponsors. Businesses and individuals can learn more here.