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Third Annual Chili Cookoff raises nearly $3,000 for cancer society, agent lung transplant

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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Welcome HOME Tracy Oehlerking and Lee Saltzgaber!

Tracy Oehlerking joins the Cotner office. She grew up in Scottsbluff, NE and move to Lincoln to become a hair stylist. She was in the hair industry for 26 years and decided to make the change to Real Estate. Her hobbies include gardening, decorating, shopping and reading. Tracy can be reached at 402-417-3414 or
Lee Saltzgaber joins the North office. He grew up in Palmer, NE (North of Grand Island). He attended University of Nebraska Kearney where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He loves spending time with his wife Kristin and their two children.  Lee can be reached at 402-440-8424 or