Woods Bros Realty agents cook chili, fight cancer

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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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