Singer/songwriter Scott Helmer will visit the Dells July 6, headlining a concert to benefit Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies.

Helmer, who holds the Guinness World Record for most live music performances in 24 hours, will take the stage at the Holiday Shores Resort for a concert that will entirely benefit Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies. According to Helmer, BREATHE and organizations like it are near and dear to his heart because of his background.

Scott Helmer was an insurance broker when the 2008 financial crisis hit. According to him, as his business began to spiral and take on more and more losses, he stole money from the company’s trust fund to keep his head above water. Ultimately, he lost his business, his family and faced prison time as a result of his actions.

Helmer ended up on the brink of suicide, sitting in his car on the side of the road in Northern Arizona with his finger on the trigger. Instead, Helmer decided to turn around and face the music.

“It was in that lowest point in my life that I said ‘I don’t want to do this,’ and I turned to God and said ‘If you help me through this, I’ll deal with the consequences of what I’ve done and use it to do some good,’” Helmer said.

After he dealt with the fallout from his actions, Helmer picked himself up and re-dedicated his life to using his musical talents in order to do some good. Starting in January 2012, Helmer started working in music again, getting back into his passion to work for good causes.

For his 2019-2020 tour, benefits from Helmer’s concerts will go to BREATHE and organizations across the country similar to it. Helmer loves equine therapy, and he believes that it has a link to his story of turning around from what felt like a low, helpless point.

“Equine therapy is really that thing… they help so many people that have gone through the same things maybe I’ve gone through and can relate to,” Helmer said. “I can relate on a lot of levels to what some of those folks (veterans and first responders) go through with the thoughts of suicide and thoughts of ending their life.”

All of the profits from Helmer’s July 6 concert will benefit BREATHE. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Holiday Shores Resort in the Dells. Tickets are for sale now on Helmer’s website.

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