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Historic Raymond Theatre Raises Nearly $6,000 with Benefit Concert Starring Scott Helmer

July 10, 2014

Historic Theatres and Charities Can Still Sign Up to Raise Funds through the Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015

Phoenix, Ariz. | July 3, 2014 – Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for legendary acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country, teamed up with the Raymond Theatre for a fundraising concert to benefit the historic venue on June 28, 2014 in Raymond, WA, maintaining a high bar for the Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015. Attendees were blown away by Helmer’s upbeat, energetic solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with original material from his new CD, Wake Me When It’s Over. The concert generated $5,745 for the theatre, which will pay for necessary maintenance at the venue that first opened its doors in 1928.

Watch video of Scott Helmer live in concert to benefit the historic Woodland Opera House

The benefit concert received press coverage leading up to the event in the Coast Weekend Arts & Entertainment, a weekly publication in the Columbia-Pacific region, as well as a live in studio appearance on KIX 95.3 FM. “Scott Helmer had concert-goers clapping their hands, stomping their feet and dancing in the aisles,” said Theatre Manager Anne Steele. “You could literally feel the energy all up and down 3rd Street.” Helmer, for his part, was delighted to help a historic venue like the Raymond Theatre. “Preserving the cultural legacy of these American treasures for generations to come is one of my top priorities,” said Helmer. “The momentum of this tour is building into a tidal wave of good will, and I can’t wait to come back to the Raymond Theatre and help them raise even more money next time!”

Watch video of Scott Helmer during soundcheck before his concert benefitting the historic Egyptian Theatre

Helmer is spending an entire year traveling more than 25,000 miles cross-country, performing 200+ concerts without charging his own fee in venues ranging from historic theatres to saloons to RV parks and campgrounds to arenas to Harley-Davidson dealerships, all to help raise $1 million for good causes. Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances on the Support YOUR Cause Tour. “I am simply offering to perform at any fundraising event free of charge, to help them raise money and awareness for their cause,” he explained. His only requirement is that the charity has a goal to raise at least $5,000 during their event.

The Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015 kicked off on May 17, 2014 with a motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim, CA, and wraps up with a benefit for the Calumet Theatre in Michigan on April 25, 2015. There is still room in Helmer’s ambitious tour schedule for additional bookings. Interested groups should fill out the registration form to become part of this monumental fundraising effort. Helmer is also still accepting tour sponsors. Businesses and indivduals can find out more here.

Watch video of Scott Helmer performing live - Opening for Eddie Money @ Fox Tucson Theatre

After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him everything, Helmer decided to not give up. Instead, he hit the reset button on his life, creating a new one based on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others.

For information on Scott Helmer and his music, visit his website.