HOME Real Estate 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 HOME and Woods Bros 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.

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Mary Ryan, People's Choice winner

This year, 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.

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.

Celebrity 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.”

Eric and the Buffini Girls of the Pine Lake Office

Eric and the Buffini Girls of the Pine Lake Office

The 2015 participants from HOME Real Estate were: Mary Ryan, Cotner office; June Ring, North office; Eric Brown “and the Buffini Girls,” Pine Lake; and Steve Stueck “and the Pioneer Greens girls,” Pioneer Greens. 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.

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

The Pine Lake office won the challenge, raising nearly $600 from the sales of different colored paper hearts. The winning office earns a breakfast cooked by corporate staff.

HOME Real Estate and its sister companies hold the “Paper Heart Challenge” each February during National Heart Health month.

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Matan Gill, Cory Scott and Ben Dinger

Matan Gill, Cory Scott and Ben Dinger

HOME Real Estate was pleased to be a sponsor of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development’s JumpStart Challenge for the second year in a row. HOME and its parent company, HomeServices of Nebraska, awarded a $1,000 cash prize to the team of Cory Scott and Matan Gill, who presented an innovative solution named “myBlock” to the company’s neighborhood reviews challenge.

“Not only was myBlock well designed, Cory and Matan did excellent research into the business and regulatory side of the problem,” said Ben Dinger, Internet Services Manager for HomeServices of Nebraska, who, alongside General Manager Shannon Harner, awarded the prize to Scott and Gill.

LPED’s JumpStart challenge involves corporate sponsors presenting an industry problem to various teams who, in turn, pitch a solution at a later date to the companies. HomeServices was joined by Cabela’s and nMotion accelerator in judging the Challenge, which is now in its third year. For more information about the JumpStart Challenge, visit www.jumpstartchallenge.com or the official press release.

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HOME Real Estate and its sister companies were named “Top Team” by the American Heart Association for most dollars raised in the 500-999 employee category. HOME offices compete each year with paper heart purchases during the month of February, in addition to other events through the year. Thanks to our generous sales associates and staff, this trophy will be making its way around the HOME offices!

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HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty agents and staff helped to raise more than $2,000 during the fifth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised $2,025 for the American Cancer Society through $1 voting beans.  Voters were made up of HOME and Woods Bros agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate. The group has raised a total of more than $10,000 to date.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to John Fink of the HOME Real Estate North office for his Smoked Turkey Chili. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler and Greta’s Gourmet Co-Founder Kevin Mandigo.

Celebrity Judges Kevin Mandigo and Rod Fowler present John Fink (center) with the winning trophy.

Celebrity Judges Kevin Mandigo and Rod Fowler present John Fink (center) with the winning trophy.

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Jean Piontek and Paul DeVries of the Woods Bros Realty Wilderness Hills office for their Hardrock Baked Potato Soup.

“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 2014 participants from HOME Real Estate were: John Fink, North office; Noel Herrington, Cotner office; Chefs Amy Birkholz and Shawndel Polivka and Soup Servers Mitzi Garthright and Jake Grasmick, Pine Lake; and Fran O’Leary, Pioneer Greens. Connie Hain made her “Say Cheese-y Potato Soup” and hosted a photo booth for the Support Services office.

More photos from the event can be viewed on the HOME Facebook page.

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Donna & Larry Melichar

Donna & Larry Melichar

HOME Real Estate agents and staff helped to raise more than $2,000 during the fourth annual Soup or Chili Cook-Off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised $2,190 for the American Cancer Society through the voting beans and cookbooks sold. The group has raised a total of nearly $8,000 to date.

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Donna Melichar of the HOME Real Estate Pine Lake office. Deb Wagner of the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office won second place, and Regina Kastrup of the HOME North office won third. Voters were made up of HOME and Woods Bros agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate.

This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to Karalyn Hoefer of the Wilderness Hills office for her Southwest corn chowder. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Country Club of Lincoln Executive Chef Lorin Dagel, and Miss Star City Kalyssa Hoefer.

Lorin Dagel, Kalyssa Hoefer, Rod Fowler & Gene Brake

Lorin Dagel, Kalyssa Hoefer, Rod Fowler & Gene Brake

“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 2013 participants from HOME Real Estate were: Tracy Oehlerking, Cotner; Regina Kastrup, North; Betty Burback, Pioneer Greens; and Donna Melichar, Pine Lake. Connie Hain represented the Support Services office, and Samantha Kinnett and Mary Pro cooked for NLTA.

View photos from the event here.

Channel 8 covered the event as well.

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Let’s put the HEAT on cancer
February 21st, 2013

cookoffHOME Real Estate is gearing up for the fourth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m. at 3355 Orwell St. in Lincoln.

Celebrity guest judges this year are: Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Country Club of Lincoln Executive Chef Lorin Dagel, and Miss Star City Kalyssa Hoefer. All of the proceeds go to the local American Cancer Society. The group raised about $1,200 in 2010, $1,700 in 2011, and $2,975 in 2012, with $1,840 going to the American Cancer Society and the remainder to support an agent’s transplant fund.

“Cancer has affected so many of our family of agents and employees that we wanted to find a way to support this worthwhile cause and put the heat on cancer,” said HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake.

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 vote for their favorite soup or chili with purchased voting beans. The winning chef gets bragging rights and his/her name on the Top Chef plaque.

The 2013 participants from HOME Real Estate are: Tracy Oehlerking, Cotner; Regina Kastrup, North; and Donna Melichar, Pine Lake. Connie Hain is cooking for the Support Services office, and Samantha Kinnett and Mary Pro are cooking for NLTA.

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A group of HOME Real Estate agents, staff and affiliates participated July 21 in the Redemption Boogie, a skydiving event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The group jumped in honor of HOME Real Estate Pioneer Greens agent Kathy Dixon’s daughter Kristin Carranza, who is currently under treatment for cancer.

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1st  Row: Kristin Carranza, daughter of Home Real Estate Pioneer Greens agent Kathy Dixon.
2nd Row: Betty Burback (HOME Real Estate Pioneer Greens agent), Steve Bartunek (husband of Jane Bartunek)
3rd Row: Brian Orton (Nephew of Steve & Jane Bartunek), Stacy Grooms (HOME Real Estate Pioneer Greens staff), Jane Bartunek (HOME Real Estate Pioneer Greens staff), Sheryl Oldham (Nebraska Land Title & Abstract)
4th Row: Thane Jensen (Woods Bros Realty Country Club Plaza Managing Broker), Joe Molacek (HomeServices Lending)

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CEO Gene Brake with Celebrity Judges Miss Nebraska Kayla Batt, News Anchor Rod Fowler and Chef Jake Thiesen.

CEO Gene Brake with Celebrity Judges Miss Nebraska Kayla Batt, News Anchor Rod Fowler and Chef Jake Thiesen.

HOME Real Estate agents and staff helped to raise nearly $3,000 during the third annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off itself raised $1,840 for the American Cancer Society through the voting beans and cookbooks sold. An additional $1,135 was raised in a silent auction to go toward a local REALTOR’s lung transplant fund. The group raised about $1,200 in 2010 and $1,700 in 2011.

This year marked the first Celebrity Judge Award, which went to Rachael Pittman and Casey Collins of the Woods Bros Realty Beatrice office. Celebrity Judges were 2011 Miss Nebraska Kayla Batt, KLKN-TV Anchor Rod Fowler, and Sandhills Golf Club Head Chef Jake Thiesen.

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Susan Ferris of the Woods Bros Realty Wilderness Hills office. Voters were made up of HOME and Woods Bros agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate. Entries ranged from sweet and spicy beef chili to even Thai-style chicken soup and potato soup.

“Not only was it a good event to raise money and awareness, but also to fellowship with other REALTORS,” said HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake.

The 2012 participants from HOME Real Estate were: Jan Thomas, Cotner; Donna Shinaut, North; Barb Bulow and Stacy Grooms, Pioneer Greens; Don Dahlquist and Patti Whitbeck, Pine Lake. Larry Melichar represented the Support Services office.

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image001HOME Real Estate is gearing up for the third annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer today at 11:30 at 3355 Orwell St. in Lincoln.

New additions this year include three celebrity guest judges: 2011 Miss Nebraska Kayla Batt, KLKN-TV Anchor Rod Fowler, and Sandhills Golf Club Head Chef Jake Thiesen. Furthermore, the group is introducing a silent auction to help raise additional funds. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the local American Cancer Society. The group raised about $1,200 in 2010 and $1,700 in 2011.

“Cancer has affected so many of our family of agents and employees that we wanted to find a way to support this worthwhile cause and put the heat on cancer,” said HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake.

HOME and Woods Bros Realty agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate vote for their favorite soup or chili with purchased voting beans. The winning chef gets bragging rights and their name on the Top Chef plaque.

The 2012 participants from HOME Real Estate are: Jan Thomas, Cotner; Donna Shinaut, North; Barb Bulow and Stacy Grooms, Pioneer Greens; Don Dahlquist and Patti Whitbeck, Pine Lake. Larry Melichar is cooking for the Support Services office.

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