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November 26, 2017 10:00 PM

'Home' For The Holidays — And For The Dougherty Hospice House

Sioux Falls, SD

Around the holidays, parties, gifts, and traditions carry a little more meaning than they do during other times of the year. For two of Sioux Falls' best-known musicians, an upcoming holiday show has a unique meaning.

Musicians Jeremy and Jon Hegg have a bond with this place.

"I don't think I'm alone in saying this, it's the kind of place you don't realize is here, until you're here, and your family is involved, and you have a direct connection," Jeremy Hegg said. "And then you never forget."

"Once you've been blessed by this ministry, either as the caregiver or the families, there's always that bond," Cathy Kellogg, Dougherty Hospice House manager, said.

The Hegg brothers' father Dennis passed away at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls in June 2012 at the age of 66.

"We were here and we could tell, I mean, you can just kind of tell when it's getting really close, and he and I were supposed to play down at the Paramount that night, and we had set up our stuff, and we looked at mom, and we're like, 'He's not going to make it, should we just call them and say we can't go to the show?'" Jon Hegg said. "And she goes, 'No. You're playing. He would be upset if you didn't go play.'"

"Yeah, so we went and played," Jeremy Hegg said.

"So we told our middle brother, we said, if it happens while we're gone, go home, get your bass, and bring it to the Paramount, and we're not saying a word," Jon Hegg said.

"And he walked in with his bass," Jeremy Hegg said.

"Plugged it in, and we played music together," Jon Hegg said.

"Yeah, he walked in followed by about 10 or 15 people, and, okay, well now we know what happened, we looked at each other," Jeremy Hegg said.

"It was actually kind of a nice way to celebrate it, and to know that we were doing music. And so we ended with The Beatles' song 'The End,' actually, to end the night," Jon Hegg said.

"We were playing while he passed away," he said.

Coming up in December at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, the Hegg Brothers will play a holiday concert with all the proceeds going to the Dougherty Hospice House.

"We always do a Saturday night show at the Pavilion on the third Saturday in December, and this time, this is the reason," Jeremy Hegg said.

"It seemed like a great fit because the Hegg brothers had their dad here at the Hospice House, that we could partner with them to go to the community and have a night of celebration, so a lot of our staff will be there," Kellogg said.

The date of the concert, December 16, is also appropriate.

"The timing is perfect because the Hospice House opened ten years ago on December 17," Kellogg said.

"I've talked to a lot of people who do work out here and stuff, and it's important work, and sometimes being around people at, during the ending of their time and whatnot, it's good to have a reason to celebrate when you can, and hopefully that's what we can provide," Jon Hegg said.

This place has provided care for many people as they, in a way, go home.

"We serve patients...anywhere from two weeks of age, all the way to 107 years old," Kellogg said. "And like I said, over the last ten years, 3,000 patients that have come through those doors." 

"Home," appropriately enough, is the name of the tour of which the Hegg Brothers' upcoming show on December 16 is a part.

"This year we're calling the show 'Home,' 'cause everybody's coming back home. That's almost a cliché to say that, but it's another thing that when you do it, it's very meaningful, you come home for the holidays," Jeremy Hegg said.

Meaningful for the place that took care of their father, too. 

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