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March 14, 2014

Red Shoe C’ville Chili Showdown

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Here at VNB, we are getting excited for one of Charlottesville’s tasty spring events: Red Shoe C’ville’s Chili Showdown! This is the third year that chefs are whipping up their best batches of chili for this friendly but tough competition, and you’ll want to be at Main Street Arena to see them go head to head on Saturday, April 12th. We are especially excited to cheer on our very own Kelly Sebesta, who is the defending champion going into this year’s event. Her chili was a big hit last year, taking home the top prize out of 10 contenders. As a Texas native, Kelly is no stranger to chili cook-offs, but she says that Red Shoe’s event is one of the best she’s ever attended. “Despite the rainy weather last year, there was a great turnout and everyone had so much fun,” she recalls. She is ready for this year’s competition, too – she says that even before last year’s event ended, she was planning a strategy to make this year bigger and better.

This event is about more than just great chili, though. All the proceeds will go to Red Shoe C’ville, which provides essential support to our local Ronald McDonald House and its children, families, staff, and volunteers. Founded in 2012 by VNB’s Brooke Jenkins, Red Shoe’s group of Charlottesville professionals not only organize events and raise money to benefit the House, they regularly volunteer their own time to cook dinner for the families who live there. Brooke tells us that the best thing about Red Shoe is that the more you give, the more you receive. “It’s really been great to give back to these families in dynamic ways,” she says, and in helping the Ronald McDonald House provide a home away from home to those who need it, Red Shoe volunteers forge new connections and make a huge difference in the community.

VNB is proud to support Brooke, Kelly, and this fun, family-friendly event. We hope to see you April 12 at the Main Street Arena!

(Brooke Jenkins, top row center, with part of the Red Shoe C’ville team)

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March 06, 2014

Protecting Your Identity in a Digital World

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the US, threatening the assets and security of Americans every day. Recent data breaches at popular retail stores emphasize the importance of protecting your financial information carefully. Virginia National Bank is committed to keeping our customers safe by maintaining the security of your accounts and personal details. We also encourage you to take several measures to minimize the risk of compromise:

·         Check your accounts and transaction history weekly. Call a banker immediately if you see a charge that you did not initiate – no matter how small.

·         Never log in to your online banking or enter your personal information into a website unless you are using a secure network connection. Password protect your home network and avoid inputting sensitive details on your laptop, tablet, or cell phone while in a public space.

·         Erase cookies and other pieces of data saved through your internet browsing. Never allow websites or devices to “remember” your log-on information or passwords.

·         Don’t hesitate to call VNB if you have questions or concerns about your privacy or online security.

VNB’s Chief Information Leonard Sebesta tells us that “U.S. Banks, Credit Unions, and Credit Card companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on security.” He is quick to note, though, that “Security is like anything else, it is only as strong as its weakest link. Don’t be the weakest link. Take the time to learn how to be safe and secure on the Internet.”

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