Woods Bros Realty agents cook chili, fight cancer

chili cookoff trophiesWoods Bros Realty agents and staff helped raised nearly $3,000 during the eighth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The event featured seven different soup and chili entries, plus a cinnamon roll contest. Agents and staff vote for their favorite soup or chili with $1 voting beans, and the winner gets the People’s Choice Award. All proceeds go to the local American Cancer Society; the group has raised more than $18,500 in $1 voting “beans” to date.

Chris Arnold, HomeServices of Nebraska IT Network Administrator, won the People’s Choice Award for his chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. Woods Bros Wilderness Hills agent Dede Mau won third place for her potato soup.

There was also a Judges’ Choice Award given by guest judges. Celebrity judges this year were: KFRX Program Director and Morning Show Host Matt McKay, Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Lazlo’s and Fireworks Owner Jay Jarvis, and Miss Teen Nebraska USA Samantha Washington.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to Woods Bros Country Club Office Receptionist Anna Spataro for her chicken chili. Third place went to Dede Mau.

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Celebrity guest judge Matt McKay with General Manager Shannon Harner and CEO Gene Brake with Judges’ Choice winner Anna Spataro and celebrity guest judges Rod Fowler, Samantha Washington and Jay Jarvis.

Mau also took home the Celebrity Judge Award for best cinnamon rolls, with Woods Bros Lincolnshire agent Miranda Watson coming in second.

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Celebrity guest judge Matt McKay with General Manager Shannon Harner and CEO Gene Brake with Judges’ Choice Cinnamon Roll winner Dede Mau and celebrity guest judges Rod Fowler, Samantha Washington and Jay Jarvis.

“All of our agents and staff are affected by cancer either through family or friends,” said Director of Training & Recruitment Connie Hain, who coordinates the event. “This is one way we are able to help them support their loved ones.”

The 2017 soup and chili participants from Woods Bros Realty were Ty Potter, Lincolnshire office; Anna Spataro, Country Club office; and Dede Mau, Wilderness Hills office.

Cinnamon Roll Contest entries also included Country Club office agent Dave Boeckner.

View more photos from the event here.

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Record amount raised during Chili Cookoff for Cancer

Woods Bros Realty professionals Carla Hines, Arla Meyer and Cindi Hahn
Woods Bros Realty professionals Carla Hines, Arla Meyer and Cindi Hahn

Woods Bros Realty and HOME Real Estate agents and staff raised a record $3,200 during the seventh annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised money for the American Cancer Society through $1 voting beans. Voters were made up of Woods Bros and HOME agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate. The group has raised more than $16,000 at these events over the years, but this year was the most money raised in a single event to date.

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to a HOME agent from the HOME North office for their Boot Camp Chili, with Kimberly Rempel of the HOME Pine Lake office coming in a close second, and Linda & Bill Kuhlmann of the Woods Bros Realty Wilderness Hills office coming in third place.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to Gina, Fran & The Steves from the HOME Real Estate Pioneer Greens office for their “Pozole.” Celebrity judges were Mayor Chris Beutler, Channel 8 Sports Anchor Peter Terpstra, Morning Show Host JP from New Country 96.9, and Hillcrest Country Club Executive Chef Jeramy Behn.

Celebrity Judges Chef Jeramy, JP, Mayor Beutler, Peter Terpstra and HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake.
Celebrity Judges Chef Jeramy, JP, Mayor Beutler, Peter Terpstra and HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake.

“Cancer has and is affecting so many of our agents and staff and their families,” HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake said. “It’s a good time for us to get together to network and sample some great soups while we also raise money for a worthy cause.”

The 2016 participants from Woods Bros Realty were: The Tidball Team, Country Club Plaza office; Kim Wiedenbeck, Lincolnshire Square office; Linda & Bill Kuhlman, Wilderness Hills office. HOME Real Estate participants were: Connie Boender, Cotner office; Kimberly Rempel, Pine Lake office; and Gina, Fran and the Steves of Pioneer Greens.  The  Gailynn Alberts represented the Support Services office.

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