New Year's Eve Concert (December 31, 2005) Article: by Karmen T. Dopslaff


This is the Second Annual Benefit Concert performed by John Denver’s former band members on John’s birthday, December 31st at the Casa.

John Denver believed we could end hunger on this planet in our lifetime. He had a vision that there is enough food and to spare to feed every man, woman and child around the entire globe. “If we remain committed and keep our intention focused, if we believe that ‘we’ – you and me, can do it – we’ll see it.” What an amazing way to celebrate John Denver’s life and legacy! Ending hunger right here, right now.

John was and is a friend of mine. We dreamed of ending hunger together. He was driven to end hunger and he fired my soul with lofty imaginings. I can still see a world that works in my dreams. When John left us on his ‘Jet Plane’, I was personally devastated. He wouldn’t live to see the elimination of hunger and for a while I thought… perhaps, it’s at best an “impossible possibility.” I was wrong. St. Vincent de Paul ends hunger every day. As of March, 2004, 30 million meals have been served to people in Arizona due to the commitment, focused intention, and compassion of individuals in the Valley of the Sun. Somewhere a child will sleep with a full belly tonight because of the love and generosity of people like you.

I can see John strolling in Heaven with St. Francis, smiling in gratitude for every man, woman, and child who is filled – physically, spiritually and emotionally this day.

About John Denver:

John’s music clearly reflects the conscience of a concerned citizen, a man working for the improvement of the quality of life for all people – environmentally, socially and politically. He was asked to serve as a member of the Presidential Commission on World and Domestic Hunger and was one of the five founders of The Hunger Project – an organization committed to the sustainable end of chronic hunger. John was asked to be a member of the fact-finding delegation, which toured African countries devastated by drought and starvation as a representative of the Hunger project and UNICEF. Because of his tireless effort and dedication, John was awarded the Presidential “World Without Hunger” Award by President Jimmy Carter. John also received recognition from many governments for his concert about global hunger problems.

John’s birthday is December 31st 1943 and we will celebrate at the Franciscan Renewal Center (The Casa). John’s former band members will perform our New Year’s Eve Concert and proceeds will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul.

Many years ago, John wrote the song “It’s About Time”. The last verse states:

“There is a man who is my brother, I just don’t know his name
But I know his home and family because I know we feel the same
And it hurts me when he’s hungry and when his children cry
I too am a Father and that little one is mine.”

Our foundation, ‘Expect A Miracle Now’ is co-sponsoring this event and producing the show. If you are interested in helping, please contact Karmen, Coco or Joe at 602.728.0710 or email
New address:
Expect A Miracle Foundation, P.O. Box 287, Snowmass, CO 81654,
Phone: 970.927.4126, Email:

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Peace and Love,
Karmen T. Dopslaff