Comeback stories hold a special place in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Anyone who has faced and overcome challenges in life relate to them on the deepest levels. Entertainer Scott Helmer’s comeback story is one that will resonate with many. It resonated with me and that is why I sought him out for this blog.
In recent years the singer-songwriter has opened for such iconic acts as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Big Country, and Jeff Bridges. Now he’s spending over a year traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, donating his time and talents by performing 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 with such a positive attitude ever putting a gun in his mouth, one click away from committing suicide, but Helmer 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 keep the business afloat. He lost his livelihood, his family, his self-respect, and even 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 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.”
Late one night Helmer was listening to Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and a guest who was talking about how Wounded Warrior Project helps struggling vets get through their darkest hours. That’s when the light bulb went on in Helmer’s head and he began planning how to use music as a way to help others. It’s only fitting that Helmer kicked off his Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015 on May 17, 2014 with a motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim.
He’ll wrap it up on December 31, 2015. November 2014 was the tour’s best month yet, helping raise more than $175,000 with stops in Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota. Helmer’s tour is a DIY project without the backing of a record label, manager, booking agent, or publicist. He wants to make this tour an annual event with bigger fundraising goals reached each year, but he needs sponsors to make that happen. Businesses or individuals can find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.
Helmer offers all charities and nonprofits across America an upbeat, energetic solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with originals from his own CD, Wake Me When It’s Over, at their fundraising event free of charge. To date, more than 150 groups have signed up to raise funds for good causes such as pet and animal rescues, historic theatres, food banks and pantries, homeless shelters, support for those with disabilities and terminal illnesses, and at-risk youth programs. Each group must have a goal of raising at least $5,000 during its event.
The message from Helmer is clear: “No matter how bad things may seem, you can make a comeback and share your gifts for the benefit of others.” His rules for purposeful living are simple: Do what you love, follow your dreams, help those in need, and never give up. Helmer’s comeback story is still happening, and people can become a part of it. Good causes interested in fundraising through the tour can start by filling out the registration form on his website.