Buchanan Based Equine Therapy Non-Profit Fundraises and Honors Our Nations Veterans with Day of Music, Food and Fun on April 6

Buchanan, Va. - Scott Helmer is a singer, songwriter, musician, talk radio host and Guinness World Records holder for "Most Live Music Performances in 24 Hours (multiple cities)." Since 2012 his special fundraising concerts have helped raise more than $2 Million for good causes across America ranging from military veterans and their families, equine-assisted therapy, suicide prevention, first responders, pet and animal rescues, food banks, historic places, special needs children and adults, and more. 

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 the entertainer’s “One-Man Rock & Country Music Show” will make a stop at New Freedom Farm’s 2nd Annual “Freedom Fest” as part of his year long charity concert tour aimed at helping equine-assisted activity and therapy organizations across America raise money and awareness for their important work. Local favorites The Fishers and On Common Ground will also perform live.

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Gates open at 11 am, all ages are welcome, and the music, food and fun will last into the night. Here are the details:

  • WHAT: New Freedom Farm’s 2nd Annual “Freedom Fest”

  • WHERE: New Freedom Farm, 6118 Lithia Road, Buchanan, VA 24066

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11 am to 8 pm

  • COST: $10 admission at the door - includes concert and one raffle ticket. ALL proceeds benefit New Freedom Farm.

  • COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT: Limited-run event T-shirts featuring the New Freedom Farm logo and Rolling Thunder® logo with the flag of the United States of America on the sleeve can be purchased here. ALL proceeds benefit New Freedom Farm.

Food vendors will include BBQ, homemade ice cream, Barnyard Bucky coffee and more. Get complete details at the event page. Here is the day’s schedule:

  • 11 am: Gates open.

  • 12 to 2 pm: The Fishers

  • 2 pm: Special opening ceremony with New Freedom Farm's own honor guard, veterans and mustangs.

  • 2:30 to 5 pm: Scott Helmer

  • 5 to 8 pm: On Common Ground

Founded in 2016 by US Navy Veteran, Lois Fritz out of her personal understanding of PTSD and the relief she experienced through time spent in the midst of her horses, New Freedom Farm is a safe place for veterans suffering from PTSD/TBI, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and secondary trauma.

“We are built on faith and determination and our organization is dedicated to helping those who have served our country along with their families.,” says Fritz.

Located on 13 level acres in Buchanan, VA the farm is home to 19 equines, including three mares & their foals saved from slaughter, a number of mini horses & mini donkeys, a hinny and a mule. Central to the idea of New Freedom Farm is ‘sanctuary’. Not only is the farm a place for healing humans but it is also a place dedicated to providing safe haven for its equine residents. 

Fritz adds, “Much like the veterans we serve our horses have come to us following stress-filled situations.”

New Freedom Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit and relies solely on donations and faith. There is no charge to veterans who wish to visit and all are welcome by appointment. Learn more including how to schedule a visit and donate at their website.

Scott Helmer's entire mission of using his music and comeback story to make a difference was born after making mistakes in his own life, facing time in prison and being seconds away from committing suicide. Learn more at his website.

Helmer is a PATH Intl. member and proudly endorses Godin Guitars, Seagull Guitars, Gator Cases, Steel-Tek, Elixir Strings, and QSC Audio.  Access photos here.

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