John Denver's Music and Mission Live on Through New, Rocky Mountain Foundation for the Performing Arts

Top Quote Colorado musician/entrepreneur forms new, nonprofit organization aiming to carry on the music and mission of legendary entertainer/activist John Denver. End Quote
    QuoteI set up RMFPA as a labor of love for John Denver and the music he left us and seek no financial gain whatsoever. Willie Hoevers, RMFPA FounderQuote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 01, 2016 - Although it's been nearly twenty years since legendary entertainer John Denver died in a small plane crash in Monterey, California, his music and mission are still very much alive.

    Perhaps no one is more in tune with that than Dillion, Colorado musician/entrepreneur Willie Hoevers, a longtime Denver fan and advocate for continuing the icon's legacy.

    In December, 2015, Hoevers formed the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Foundation for the Performing Arts (RMFPA), aiming to continue exposing Denver's songs and causes to the public, especially youngsters.

    He said outside of promoting Denver's music, he also is passionate about motivating people to carry on the singer/songwriter's efforts to protect the environment and its precious wildlife and natural resources.

    "John has been inspiring me for many years and his music has played such an important part in my life," said Hoevers, who was born in the Netherlands. "After his death, his core group of fans seemed to have stuck together but outside of that, people have all but forgotten him.

    "I wanted to find a way to keep what he started going and expose it to young people, too. If we can get the kids on board, they will make sure John's songs and all that he stood for lives on."

    According to Hoevers, he plans to raise money for RMFPA by offering charities and other nonprofits an opportunity to produce concerts that will feature one of the many John Denver tribute bands or solo artists around the world.

    His vision involves having participating organizations invite local students to perform with the headliner, which will in turn give young people the opportunity to learn Denver's music and hopefully grow to love it.

    "I am in touch with many John Denver tribute acts all around the world," said Hoevers. "I want to give them a chance, as well as up-and-coming artists, to play John's music for a whole new generation of fans.

    "Most of them are very excited to be a part of Rocky Mountain Foundation for the Performing Arts and will make themselves available for shows whenever possible. I have found that the artists who love John's music are genuinely nice people, just like John was."

    Hoevers said he is seeking donations for RMFPA from businesses, as well as the private sector. He has set up a Go Fund Me page at

    "All donations will be used as start-up funds for the foundation," said Hoevers, an online radio personality for American Veterans Radio. "I set it up as a labor of love for John and the music he left us and seek no financial gain whatsoever."

    Denver rose to fame in the 1970s with his wholesome country/folk music and boyish charm. By the end of the decade, the Roswell, New Mexico native had established himself as one of the world's most successful and beloved entertainers.

    His signature songs include, "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders."

    Along with his musical career, Denver also was an outspoken activist for several environmental causes. He founded the charitable Windstar Foundation in 1976 in an effort to promote sustainable living.

    On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California.

    After the accident, an investigation by the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) deemed the crash was due to Denver's inability to switch fuel tanks during flight.

    For more information about RMFPA, including its first annual "We Are One" John Denver music celebration in Aspen, Colorado this Fall, visit

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