Peak & Prairie
A Tribute to
John Denver, Poet for the Planet
The world lost a champion for the environment October 12 when John Denver unexpectedly passed away. As many know, he loved the beautiful land we call home so much he changed his name and became a transplanted Coloradan. He sang and spoke passionately about preserving the environment. In addition to founding the Hunger Project and the Windstar Foundation, Mr. Denver was involved in many charitable, non profit organizations.
Some of his accomplishments:
1972 one of the founders of The Hunger Project
1976 co-founder of The Windstar Foundation with Tom Crum
1978 served as a member of the Presidential Commission on World and Domestic Hunger
1992 founded Plant-It 2000, organization which plants indigenous trees throughout the world
1993 received the Albert Schweitzer Award, 'for a life dedicated to music and humanity'
1995 performed The Wildlife Concert which helped to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society
excerpted from the Windstar website
The Windstar family today is mourning the loss of Mr. John Denver, President and Co-Founder of the Windstar Foundation. As an entertainer of exceptional talent, he has inspired and touched the lives of millions of people of all ages in countries throughout the world.
Mr. Denver spoke for the environment before it was popular, through songs such as "Rocky Mountain High" and "Sunshine on my Shoulders." As a visionary humanitarian, he gave a voice to many--to hungry children through "I Want to Live," for peace through "Let Us Begin," for the wilderness through "To The Wild Country." He spoke to lovers with "Annie's Song," and to the future with "It's About Time." Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1996, his inspired lyrics and music will live for generations.
Mr. Denver's commitment to children, the environment and the future were evidenced in his many charitable and philanthropic initiatives. He established the Windstar Foundation, dedicated to inspiring responsible actions in support of a peaceful future and sustainable environment. He also was one of the founders of Plant-It 2000, dedicated to reforestation efforts, and The Hunger Project, focused on ending hunger in the world.
Hearing the news of John Denver's death, people all over the world are asking what they can do. Cheryl Charles, Chair of the Windstar Foundation Board of Trustees and President of the Windstar Land Conservancy, said, "John would want people to make their own conscious choices for ways to be involved in taking action to make the world a better place." She said further, "I urge people throughout the world to rededicate to taking action on behalf of children, the environment and peace for all. Whether you support those organizations which John founded, work with other worthy groups, or simply take action on your own, all of these efforts help to make a difference. with John Denver's death, we've lost a poet for the planet. I look for his voice to live through us all."
Music of the Heart
editor's note: Marilyn
came all the way from Atlanta,
To sing about its beauty
Now his soul soars with the eagles
Of happy children laughing
|The Eagle and the Hawk
words by John Denver
I am the eagle,
It is here we must begin to seek the wisdom of the children
What one man can do is dream.
In lieu of flowers, John's children have identified three charities they would be grateful for you to consider in remembering their father:
The Windstar Land Conservancy
1739 Snowmass Creek Road
Snowmass, CO 81654
The Hunger Project
15 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
The Cousteau Society.
For Further Information Contact:
Sherryl R. Stalinski Director of Communications The Windstar Foundation (810) 294-1390 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Hal Bidlack, Windstar Internet Coordinator, The Windstar Foundation (719) 472-0366 email: email@example.com