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Statue planned to honor John Denver

Rachel Stockman
Special to The Aspen Times

A fund-raiser will be held Wednesday to raise funds for this statue of John Denver.

John Denver and Thomas Crum turned a dream into reality 26 years ago when they founded the Windstar Foundation.

The organization addresses environmental issues by emphasizing individual action and responsibility. Denver and Crum bought 1,000 acres in Snowmass to start their foundation.

Now, to commemorate the five-year anniversary of Denver’s death, the Windstar board of trustees is raising money for a life-size bronze statue of Denver. The statue will be unveiled on Oct. 13 on the Windstar property.

“John Denver’s family is really behind this whole project,” said Doug MacDonald, a volunteer at the Windstar Foundation.

MacDonald said the project will hopefully inspire others to embrace Denver’s ideals of taking personal responsibility for the environment.

The statue will serve as a symbol of Denver’s dedication to the Windstar mission. The memorial was made by Sue DiCicco, illustrator of many children’s books, including Winnie the Pooh. In addition to the statue on the land, DiCicco cast 200 bronze reproductions of the figure. They are for sale at http://www.wstar.org

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Robert White, founder of ARC Worldwide, said he committed himself to the project because he also believes in the ideas behind Denver’s mission.

“I want to do something to help out in Aspen,” he said.

White will hold a benefit on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the St. Regis hotel to raise money for the statue.

More funding was provided by friends of Denver, the Windstar Foundation, Aspen area businesses and fans of Denver.

The daylong open house on Oct. 13 will include food and activities for children. For more information contact the Windstar Foundation at 963-1463.