Peter and Marilyn Hegg, owners of the Circle H Ranch, were the recent recipients of the Community Partner of the Year award from LifeSource, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest.
For the last two years, Peter and Marilyn Hegg have hosted an annual ‘Hunt for Hope’ – a group hunt of LifeSource employees and donors at their Circle H Ranch. The ranch is a traditional family and business retreat hunting ranch in Gregory, S.D. The hunt is designed to raise awareness and education for organ donation in South Dakota, as well as build relationships for those involved with the cause. Income generated by LifeSource as a result of the donated hunts has been in excess of $70,000.
“There are many more people waiting for a life-saving transplant than there are organs available,” said LifeSource CEO Susan Gunderson. “To meet the increasing need for more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, we need to be creative about how we inspire our communities. Pete and Marilyn Hegg have demonstrated this through their ‘Hunt for Hope,’ a pheasant hunt adventure that provides support for our public education and donor family care programs.”
South Dakotans can register as an organ, eye and tissue donor by checking the box on their driver’s license or state ID card application or online at www.DonateLifeSD.org. One donor can save or help up to 60 people or more, and anyone can register.