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.

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.

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.

Woods Bros Foundation for Giving donates $18,750 to local charities

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave out $18,750 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 a contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

In late fall, a committee of agents, selected by their offices to serve two-year terms, reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $312,000 has been donated.

“The Foundation For Giving is an amazing, positive, and strong attribute of the Woods Bros Realty family,” said Managing Broker Arla Meyer. “This is one of the benefits of being an agent with the organization.”

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2014 include Capital Humane Society, CASA for Children, CEDARS Youth Services, Child Advocacy Center, Food Bank of Lincoln, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Friendship Home of Lincoln, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Heartfelt Children’s Memorial, Hope Harbor, Inc., Huntington Holiday Headquarters, Leadership Lincoln, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln Community Foundation, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln Kids Against Hunger, Seward Youth Center, The BAY, Young Life, and YMCA of Lincoln.

2014 Foundation for Giving Committee
2014 Foundation for Giving Committee

Foundation for Giving committee members were (top row, left to right): Co-Chairperson Arla Meyer, Matt Hardesty, Lois Kohmetscher, Bob Danley, Roger Reynolds, Nanci Burchess, Chairperson Judy Sasek, Michael Poskochil, Shelly Nitz, and Linda McCall; (front row, left to right): Jayne Debus, Nickie Casburn, Pat Schmit.

Woods Bros Realty is wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America.  The full-service company offers 125 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, more than 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Foundation for Giving meetings start today

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving committee starts its annual meetings today.  These meetings consist of Woods Bros agents who have requested funds for the local charities with which they’re involved. Requests sometimes involve help for underprivileged children, iPads to help with learning, zoo passes, books, and much more. Friday the committee announces contributions and gives back to the community.

“The Foundation For Giving is an amazing, positive, and strong attribute of the Woods Bros Realty family,” said Managing Broker Arla Meyer. “This is one of the benefits of being an agent with the organization.”

The Foundation for Giving was started in 1987 by Pace Woods Sr, as he wanted to thank the agents who donated their time and money to local causes. Out of every closing each agent contributions to the Foundation, and the company matches the contribution. The idea from Pace Woods Sr.  was  to continue to  give back to the communities Woods Bros serves and with whom agents are affiliated.

“Let’s be honest,” Meyer said.  “Without the community and the people we are nothing. I personally can tell you listening to all the different nonprofit organizations will pull at your heart strings, but I am also so thankful and appreciative these organizations are here to help people in our communities. They are  not just  here to only help and  support people, they help get them back to working and being able to get through the next day.”

Foundation for Giving donates more than $18,000

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently allocated $18,600 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 the communities we serve. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes a contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

In late 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. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $293,000 has been donated.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege of working 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.”

Chairperson Judy Sasek added, “Together we are able to make this happen, and we believe that is what helps set Woods Bros Realty apart from all other companies.”

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2013 include the Seward Youth Center, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Huntington School in Lincoln, St. Monica’s, CASA for York County, Child Advocacy Center, Voices of Hope, Beatrice Backpack Program, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Capital Humane Society, Leadership Lincoln, CEDARS Youth Services, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Community Pantry & Emergency Services, the Country Club Neighborhood Association., Young Life, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln Kids Against Hunger, Friendship Home of Lincoln, Bright Lights, and Heartfelt Inc.

Foundation for Giving committee members were (top row, left to right): Amy Mosser, Karalyn Hoefer, Jayne Debus, Cindi Hahn, Co-Chairperson Arla Meyer, Nanci Burchess, Linda McCall, and Co-Chairperson Judy Sasek. (Bottom row): Nickie Casburn, Pat Schmit, Matt Hardesty and Shelly Nitz.

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Woods Bros Realty is wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America. The full-service company offers 125 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, more than 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Woods Bros Foundation for Giving allocates funds to local charities

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee met in November to allocate 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 the communities the company serves. Every time a Woods Bros sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes a Foundation contribution, which is then matched by the company.

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

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege of working with all the agents and the different agencies our agents are affiliated with,” said Arla Meyer, Foundation for Giving 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. Together we are able to make this happen, and we believe that is what helps set Woods Bros Realty apart from all other companies.”

This year, the transaction donation total was $15,408, a 36 percent increase over 2011, with a last-minute plea from the committee’s agents that raised an additional $2,900. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, over $293,000 has been donated.

2012 Foundation for Giving committee members were (from left to right):
2012 Foundation for Giving committee members were (from left to right): Cindi Hahn, Gordon Opp, Nickie Casburn, Nanci Burchess-Smith, Judy Sasek, Arla Meyer, Doug Vandervort, Lynne Schroeder, Shelly Nitz, Karalyn Hoefer, Pat Schmit, and Linda McCall

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2012 include the Humane Society, Kids Against Hunger, St. Monica’s, Voices of Hope, Lux Center for the Arts, CASA for York County, Meadowlane Area Resident’s Association, Nebraska Community Blood Bank, Community CROPS (Combining Resources, Opportunities and People for Sustainability), The Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Backpack Program, Heartfelt Connections, Bright Lights, Child Advocacy Center, Make a Wish, Cedars Youth Services, Young Life, Friendship Home, Mourning Hope, Huntington School, Grand Island Habitat for Humanity, Youth Leadership Lincoln, Clinic with a Heart, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Seward Youth Center, Lincoln Community Playhouse, and TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Woods Bros Realty gives back through Foundation for Giving

Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee met last month to allocate 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 the communities we serve. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction the agent makes a contribution to the Foundation, and the contribution is then matched by the company.

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

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have the privilege of working with all the agents and the different agencies our agents are affiliated with,” said Arla Meyer, Foundation for Giving 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. Together we are able to make this happen, and we believe that is what helps set Woods Bros Realty apart from all other companies.”

This year, the transaction donation total was $11,350, with a last-minute plea from the committee’s agents that raised an additional $4,200. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, over $275,000 has been donated.

Some companies who were helped by the Foundation for Giving in 2011 include Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Friends of Opera, St. Monica’s, Young Life, Orphan Grain Train (Grand Island), Voices of Hope, Habitat for Humanity (Grand Island), Child Advocacy Center, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Cedars Youth Services, Prairie Playground (Beatrice), Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Food Bank of Lincoln/Backpack Program, Blue Valley Behavioral Health (Beatrice), Bright Lights, Clinic with a Heart, TeamMates, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Youth Leadership Lincoln, Lincoln Children’s Museum, Easter Seals of Nebraska, Friendship Home, Mourning Hope and CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates (York).

Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Nickie Casburn, Arla Meyer, Pat Schmidt, Jeanne Cuda, Shelly Nitz, Linda McCall, David Kaseman, Brenda Mesloh, Doug Vandervort and Deb Wagner.

Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Nickie Casburn, Arla Meyer, Pat Schmidt, Jeanne Cuda, Shelly Nitz, Linda McCall, David Kasemann, Brenda Mesloh, Doug Vandervort and Deb Wagner.
Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Nickie Casburn, Arla Meyer, Pat Schmidt, Jeanne Cuda, Shelly Nitz, Linda McCall, David Kaseman, Brenda Mesloh, Doug Vandervort and Deb Wagner.

Woods Bros Realty, an affiliate of HomeServices of America, is a full-service company offering over 120 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, nearly 300 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Wahoo, Grand Island and surrounding areas. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

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