A Reason to Run

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Why do we run?

Ever since the formation of Woods Bros Realty, there has been a focus on what we can do to better the lives of those around us, that still carries on today. From the work of the Foundation for Giving to the individual actions of each team member, we at Woods Bros Realty proudly serve our communities. In our call to be custodians of those communities, we are looking forward to serving our mission by giving to and supporting local causes, organizations and events.

Coming in June, we are participating in races that support local charities. On June 2nd, we will have a team running in the Havelock Charity Run, with each team member supporting a local charity of their choice. Then on June 23rd, we will be participating in the Young Building Professionals’ Light the Way 5K to support Lincoln Lighthouse.

By running in these races, we have the opportunity to further serve our mission of community service. “This is a great opportunity to rally your friends together to run for a good cause,” stated Angela Nordhues, agent at Woods Bros Realty – Lincolnshire office.

Everyone has their own reason and story as to “what for” and “why they run”. The commonality we all share, is that we run to create a better tomorrow. That is the reason why we run. At Woods Bros Realty, we are thankful for our history of giving to and serving our communities and enthusiastic about our upcoming and future opportunities to make a positive impact.

If you’d like to participate in the Havelock Charity Run, click here to register!
If you’d like to participate in the Light the Way 5K, click here to register!

 

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving supports local charities

­­Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave local charity organizations $16,400 in funds raised throughout the year.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in local communities. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

Each fall a committee of agents—selected by their offices to serve four-year terms—reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation.

“Humbling, tear jerking and inspiring,” said committee member Jayne V. Debus in a plea to Woods Bros Realty agents for additional donations. “Only a few words to describe the past two days of listening to the needs of so many less fortunate people. Thank you for all your generous giving and your time to these worthy causes.”

This year, the transaction donation total was $11,800, with a last-minute appeal from the committee that raised an additional $4,600. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $347,200 has been donated.

“It is so awesome to see how many organizations are out there to help our friends, family and neighbors have the most successful lives possible,” said committee member Tyler Reynolds. “What may seem insignificant to us could mean a life changing experience for someone else.”

Charities receiving 2016 donations include: Bridges to Hope, St. Monica’s, Lincoln City Libraries, Food Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln Arts Council, Capital Humane Society, Hope Harbor in Grand Island, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Habitat for Humanity – Lincoln, Voices of Hope, TeamMates, Friendship Home, Huntington Elementary School, Lincoln Children’s Museum, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, Elliott Elementary School, The Bridge Behavioral Health, Cedars Youth Services, CASA for York County, Make a Wish, Seward Youth Center, Habitat for Humanity – Grand Island, Pinewood Bowl Theater, and Young Life.

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving members in 2016.
2016 Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Russ Quick, Cindi Hahn, Co-Chairpersons Arla Meyer and Judy Sasek, Betty Sims, Shelly Nitz, Susan Vacarro, Staff Representative Nickie Casburn, Tyler Reynolds, Pat Schmit, Linda McCall and Jayne V. Debus.

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.

View more photos of the event here: http://tinyurl.com/2016-hsne-chili-cookoff

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Foundation for Giving distributes $18k

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave out $18,800 in funds raised throughout the year to local charity organizations.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in local communities. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

Each fall a committee of agents—selected by their offices to serve four-year terms—reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation.

Co-Chairperson Judy Sasek said she looks forward to hearing from the agencies in which Woods Bros agents are involved.

“It is very educational, and yet humbling at the same time, to learn about the numerous entities out in our communities assisting people in need of different services and outreach,” Sasek said.

This year, the transaction donation total was $13,000, with a last-minute appeal from the committee that raised an additional $5,800. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $330,800 has been donated.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with all the agents and the different agencies our agents are affiliated with,” said Arla Meyer, Foundation for Giving co-chairperson. “There is nothing better than being able to give back to our local communities, based off of the team effort of all Woods agents and the company.”

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2015 include the Kids Against Hunger, St. Monica’s, Voices of Hope, CASA for York County, Community Crops, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, BackPack Program, Child Advocacy Center, Cedars Youth Services, Young Life, Friendship Home, Mourning Hope, Huntington School, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Youth Leadership LincolnSeward Youth Center, Lincoln Community Playhouse, and TeamMates Mentoring Program, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, The Bay, and Hope Harbor.

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving Committee Members
2015 Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Russ Quick, Joanne McCoy, Roger Reynolds, Jayne Debus, Mike Poskochil, Co-Chairperson Judy Sasek, Lois Kohmetscher, Co-Chairperson Arla Meyer. Front Row: Pat Schmidt, Linda McCall, and Shelly Nitz, presenting checks to Sarah McMaster of Huntington School.

Fill the Mayflower this month

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In addition to providing top quality moving services, Select Van is an active member in supporting the Lincoln community. Join Woods Bros Realty and Select Van as we “Fill the Mayflower” full of canned goods to support the People City Mission. Mayflower trucks will be located at the Super Saver locations at 56th and Highway 2 as well as 27th and Cornhusker Friday November 20th from 4:00 – 6:30 PM and Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Canned goods and other non-perishable donations are welcome.

Please come out in support of our Lincoln community and help those who need it most. Read more about the People’s City Mission.

 

Woods Bros agents plant 125 trees at Pioneers Park

Woods Bros Realty agents and staff
Woods Bros Realty agents and staff gather to plant trees.

 

Woods Bros Realty agents and staff recently planted 125 trees in the Pioneers Park area, in honor of the company’s 125-plus years in the community.

Woods Bros Realty worked with Lincoln Parks and Recreation to line several areas of the park and the golf course with trees. The company wanted to give back to the community, and decided to honor some of its history with Pioneers Park.

Legend has it that Mark Woods was the one who suggested to John F. Harris that he should gift a park to the citizens of Lincoln. It was also reported (by F. Pace Woods II in his “Keeping the Pace” series) that the Woods family donated evergreen trees and lilac bushes from their nursery.

Arla Meyer
Arla Meyer

Arla Meyer, managing broker of the Woods Bros Lincolnshire Square office, coordinated the event.

“This is a way to give back to something Woods Bros was a part of since the beginning,” she said. “It’s the little things that can and do make a difference.”

Dozens of agents and staff arrived at the park September 19, 2015, and had 125 trees planted in just over one hour.

See more photos from the event.

 

Lincoln’s Little Free Libraries

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A Little Free Library in Thompson Creek neighborhood in Lincoln.

Lincoln has always been a city that encouraged community involvement through literature. From summer reading programs at the public libraries to One Book, One Lincoln, the city thrives in the works of great writers. A more recent trend catching the attention of the nation are Little Free Libraries. Beginning in the early 2000s, Tedd Bol, of Wisconsin, founded the nonprofit organization Little Free Library. The aim of this organization is to promote literacy in communities by encouraging people to build birdhouse-like libraries on their properties. After being stocked with books, community members are encouraged to browse the shelves of these boxes to pick up a book in exchange for another. After a few years, the sensation swept its way to Lincoln, Nebraska where there are now over 50 Little Free Libraries (LFL) scattered across the city.

“It’s like giving life to books that otherwise might just be sitting on a shelf somewhere collecting dust.” says Sarah Wheeler, a Lincoln resident.  She continues, “It’s getting to put an adventure you have been on into someone else’s hands to enjoy while picking up a new mystery for yourself to discover.” These sentiments are echoed across every type of person Lincoln has to offer.

Each owner of a Little Free Library who registers with the nationwide nonprofit receives a spot in the national index as well as a sign to hang on their library. Owners take books from their own collections or receive books by donation to start the “Take a Book, Leave a Book” trade. Some libraries are host to guest logs in which participants in the exchanges express a great deal of gratitude for the opportunity to experience new literature. Often they write about how thankful they are to find books for all ages. Individuals praise the concept of sharing not only meaningful books, but also experiences.

“For me it’s the people I’ve met. From neighbors wanting to talk to me about my LFL to meeting other LFL stewards in Lincoln,” states Bob Dipaolo. “I never would have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people in person & online if not for my Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are SO much more than the books. It’s community.”

Pioneers Park

Buffalo statuary in Pioneers Park
Buffalo statuary in Pioneers Park

It must have been a fabulous home that Mark Woods and his son, Pace Woods, Sr., were visiting in the late-1920s: the New York City home of John F. Harris. Harris had been a childhood friend of Mark Woods and his brothers, and he had become a successful investment banker. He was a Lincoln native who wanted to do something back home to honor the memory of his parents.

According to Pace Woods, Jr., his grandfather, “…suggested that [Harris] donate a park to the citizens [of Lincoln].” That he would do. Pioneers Park came to life on roughly 600 acres of rolling prairie north of Van Dorn in west Lincoln that Harris donated over the course of three years (1928 – 1930). The Harris family also donated several animal sculptures for the park, including the bronze buffalo that greets visitors at the center of the east entry’s roundabout.

Another Lincoln native designed the wonderful park. Ernst Herminghaus was a landscape designer for Woods Bros developments and was trained at Harvard University as a landscape architect. The easternmost 80 acres of the park, closest to Coddington, were the first to be designed, and the plans included incorporating vistas of the Nebraska State Capitol Building that was then under construction.

Pace Woods, Jr., wrote that his family’s nursery, located south of Sheridan Boulevard and east of South 33rd Street, donated evergreen trees and lilac bushes to line the Coddington Street approach to Pioneers Park.

Pioneers Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As historian Ed Zimmer noted in the site’s Registration Form, Lincoln was undergoing a period of phenomenal growth in the 1920s. During the Depression, the park provided much needed public recreation space. It likewise created employment for people and galvanized development opportunities for the city’s parks and recreation spaces.

True to their form, the Woods brothers and other families of means used a combination of creative and practical resources to make this civic opportunity meaningful and long lasting. In the spring/early summer of 2015, Woods Bros Realty will launch half of a 125-tree donation to the Pioneers Park area to commemorate this longtime relationship and its 125 years in the community.

More than $3,000 raised during 2015 Chili Cookoff for Cancer

Woods Bros Realty agents and staff helped to raise more than $3,000 during the sixth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised $3,081 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 $13,000 at these events to date.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to John Janovy of the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office for his T&T Chili. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Lazlo’s Owner Jay Jarvis, and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel.

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The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Mary Ryan of the HOME Real Estate Cotner office for her Jalapeño Popper Turkey Chili.

MirandaRollsCelebrity judges also awarded a new prize for Best Cinnamon Rolls to Miranda Watson with the Woods Bros Lincolnshire Square office.

“We’ve had a lot of cancer within our organization, and it’s just affected so many families, so many agents, that we wanted to do something,” HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake said. “This was our way of participating and trying to help find a cure.”

The 2015 Woods Bros participants were: Megan Yank, Country Club Plaza office; John Janovy, Lincolnshire Square office; Jayne Debus, Wilderness Hills office. Kristin Boucher represented HomeServices Lending, Peggy Forcier cooked on behalf of NLTA, and Mike Hasemann souped up for the Support Services corporate team.

More photos from the event can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/2015-hsne-chili-cookoff.

Woods Bros Realty helps raise $2,600 for Heart Association

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Woods Bros Realty offices helped raise more than $2,600 for the American Heart Association during the company’s annual “Paper Heart Challenge.”

The Lincolnshire Square office won the challenge, raising more than $1,000 from the sales of different colored paper hearts. The winning office earns a breakfast cooked by corporate staff.

Woods Bros Realty and its sister companies hold the “Paper Heart Challenge” each February during National Heart Health month.

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