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REFUEL returns with free event to recharge for 2021 and help raise funds for hunger relief


Above / For three years, Community Yellow Box provided the stage to inspire community members to create and reach personal goals. For 2020, REFUEL will be virtual. What remains the same is that proceeds will be donated to Loaves and Fishes Community Services for local hunger-relief in DuPage County. (PN File Photo)

Updated Post, Dec. 1, 2021 / REFUEL returns to the Yellow Box on Dec. 15, 2021.

Previous Post, Dec. 15, 2020 / Dealer Inspire returns to host the Fourth Annual “REFUEL.”  For 2020, REFUEL is a special “virtual” event from 10AM to 2:30PM on Tues., Dec. 16.

Sponsored by digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider Cars.com Inc. and hosted by Dealer Inspire (DI), a Cars.com Inc. company, “REFUEL” is a one-day, virtual event that features world-class speakers to inspire people to reflect, grow and get ready for 2021.

The virtual event is free for all attendees and there is an opportunity to donate to a local food pantry and social services organization to feed the hungry during the holidays, organizers said. The need for food pantries is more important than ever as Americans struggle with the impacts of the pandemic and rely on the food and services local food pantries provide. CARS will match charitable donations up to $25,000.

Admission to the online event is free of charge. Attendees must pre-register at www.DealerInspire.com/REFUEL.

Free for all to ‘shake off 2020’

Joe Chura, founder and CEO of Dealer Inspire, invites everyone to take a day for themselves to step outside of the daily grind and shake off 2020 to start fresh in 2021.

“Our annual REFUEL event features world-class speakers from all walks of life and has influenced many past attendees to recharge, make good changes and explore new opportunities in the new year,” noted Chura. “This year’s event features a pro skateboarder, New York Times best-selling author, an ultramarathoner, an award-winning singer and poet and a video game designer. I encourage everyone to tune in to hear their inspiring stories, donate what you can and prepare to conquer whatever 2021 might bring.”

In addition to comments from Chura and Cars.com Inc. CEO, Alex Vetter, attendees will learn actionable lessons from and have the opportunity to interact with world-class speakers.

Featured Speakers

  • Tony Hawk, Pro Skateboarder & Entrepreneur. Tony is the most recognizable athlete of any kind in the United States. When no one believed in the sport of skateboarding, Tony did. It was his passion for the sport and his vision of what it could become that kept him moving forward even when others didn’t see it. In 1999, Tony not only launched one of the most popular video games ever, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, but he also became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, the holy grail of vert skateboarding at the X Games. Since then, Tony’s created a massive brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys.
  • Jesse Itzler, Entrepreneur, Author & Rapper. Jesse Itzler speaks to the importance of increasing a person’s mental-toughness meter and how to live life out of the box. A two-time author and New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet and Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus, Jesse shares his experiences and wisdom in a light-hearted and approachable way.

  • Mirna Valerio, Ultramarathon Runner & Inspiring Blogger. Although Mirna Valerio began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008. It was then that her love for running and all its attendant benefits were reignited. She soon started her blog Fatgirlrunning, about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner athletes.

  • In-Q, Multi-Platinum Songwriter & Award-Winning Poet. Credited with carving a niche for performance poetry in pop culture, IN-Q is a multi-platinum songwriter and National Poetry Slam Champion. His poetry videos on YouTube have a combined 50 million views while his live performances have sold out venues and attracted distinguished audience members like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Quincy Jones.

  • Jane McGonigal, Game Designer & Wellness Leader. Jane McGonigal asks: Why doesn’t the real world work more like an online game? In the best-designed games, our human experience is optimized: We have important work to do, we’re surrounded by potential collaborators, and we learn quickly and in a low-risk environment. In her work as a game designer, she creates games that use mobile and digital technologies to turn everyday spaces into playing fields and everyday people into teammates.

During a previous event, Loaves & Fishes CEO Mike Havala returned to REFUEL to present how proceeds will benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services for local hunger-relief in DuPage County, etc. (PN File Photo)

Again, REFUEL is free to all attendees; pre-registration is required. A donation to Loaves and Fishes is welcomed to help fight food insecurity and transform families’ lives. Cars.com will match donations up to $25,000.



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