ONCE ONE SECOND AWAY FROM SUICIDE, SCOTT HELMER USES CONCERTS AND COMEBACK STORY TO SUPPORT EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY
Musician and Guinness World Records Holder Builds Traveling Concert Production to Support a Single Cause: Equine-Assisted Therapy
Phoenix, Ariz. - Since 2012 Scott Helmer’s 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.
The singer, songwriter, musician, talk radio host and Guinness World Records holder for "Most Live Music Performances in 24 Hours (multiple cities),” has also opened for artists like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Big Country and Eric Burdon & The Animals.
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 one second away from committing suicide.
In 2008 as the world economy was spiraling out of control, Scott Helmer sat alone in his car on a deserted mountain road in Northern Arizona with a gun in his mouth, ready to take his own life.
Helmer had enjoyed a successful career as an insurance broker but when financial markets took a turn for the worse earlier that year, his world also began to crumble. At a crossroads and in a foolish, desperate attempt to save his business, he illegally used monies in his companies trust account to keep the doors open and weather the storm. In the end, he was unsuccessful and ended up losing everything including his family, all of his possessions, his career and most importantly his self-respect as he was indicted for his crimes and faced time in prison.
In the seconds before pulling the trigger Helmer cried out to God for help and said, "I don’t want to do this. If you help me through this I won’t give up, will deal with the consequences of my actions and use all of this bad stuff to help others and to make a difference so that no one else has to go through what I am going through right now."
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Helmer then put the gun down, decided to never give up and took responsibility for his actions. Determined to keep his promise, Helmer then picked up his guitar and began a mission that continues to this day; using his talents and first love of music to give back and spread the message that there is always hope and suicide is never the answer, regardless of your mistakes or circumstances.
“I want the entire world to know my story and understand that no matter how bad things get or regardless of what mistakes you have made in life, suicide is never the answer and you can make a comeback,” says Helmer. Adding, “I am a living, breathing example of that fact.”
After spending nearly eight years touring non-stop across America and helpiing support a wide variety of good causes, Helmer is now focusing all of his efforts on supporting the one cause and group of individuals in need that most resonate with his own journey, equine-assisted therapy and activities.
“Equine therapy in all of its forms and disciplines has a special place in my heart because I see myself in the individuals it serves,” says Helmer.
Armed with a portable stage, lights and sound for crowds up to 500 people, Scott Helmer's "One-Man Rock & Country Music Show" has been custom built to bring the concert to them and gives equine-assisted therapy organizations of all sizes across America the opportunity to raise money and awareness for their important work with one of his fun and exciting concerts right at their own facility (photos). Originally planned to end on December 31, 2019, Helmer’s concert tour will now run through December 31, 2020.
See what people are saying about Scott Helmer’s “One-Man Rock & Country Music Show” at his Testimonials page.
Available dates and routing are first come first served and space is limited. Equine-assisted activity and therapy programs and organizations that would like to fundraise for their cause in alongside Scott Helmer’s "One-Man Rock & Country Music Show," which is suitable for all ages, can learn more and register at his EQUINE THERAPY FUNDRAISER BOOKING REQUEST page.
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As an added bonus with support from Godin Guitars and Seagull Guitars, Scott Helmer will be donating one of his brand new guitars used during the show so that it can be raffled or auctioned off at the end of night and used as an additional fundraising tool for the benefiting cause.
“I’m giving away a guitar at every concert to really help supercharge fundraising totals,” says Helmer.