About the Foundation

The Rocky Mountain Foundation for the Performing Arts (RMFPA) was founded as a 501(c)3 charity in December, 2015 by businessman and radio personality Willie Hoevers. Hoevers, who lives in Dillon, CO, aims to inspire people to carry on Denver’s music, as well as his efforts to innovate ways to protect the environment and its precious wildlife and natural resources.

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. The organization's 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.  And it hopes to award scholarships to youngsters for instruments and ongoing music education.

Denver rose to fame in the 1970s with his wholesome country/folk music and boyish charm. By the end of the decade, the Roswell, N.M. 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," "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Perhaps Love," to name a few. Along with his musical career, Denver also was an outspoken activist for several environmental causes. He founded the charitable Windstar Foundation in 1976 aiming to promote sustainable living.

On Oct. 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.


Email Address: willie@rockymountainfpa.org

Phone: 970-406-8411