Chili Cookoff for Cancer raises record funds

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HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty 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 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 $16,000 at these events over the years, but this year was the most money raised in a single event to date.

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.

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Back Row: Celebrity Judges Chef Jeramy, JP, Mayor Beutler, Peter Terpstra and HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake. Front Row: Judges’ Choice Winners: Fran O’Leary, Steve Stueck, Steve Thelen, and HomeServices Lending’s Gina Sturdevant.

The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Ian Gilgallon of the HOME North office for his 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.

Ian Gilgallon

“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 HOME Real Estate were: Connie Boender, Cotner office; Ian Gilgallon, North office; Kimberly Rempel, Pine Lake office; and Gina, Fran and the Steves of Pioneer Greens.  The Woods Bros participants were: The Tidball Team, Country Club Plaza office; Kim Wiedenbeck, Lincolnshire Square office; Linda & Bill Kuhlman, Wilderness Hills office. 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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