Fostering Strength 2017

On May 11th, 2017, Junior League of Cedar Rapids hosts JLCR: Fostering Strength, Iowa’s largest foster care advocacy event. JLCR is honored to host Gigi Edwards Bryant as keynote speaker for our 2017 event.

Gigi Edwards Bryant is a wife, mother, elected official, keynote speaker, business owner, and community volunteer. She was reared in the foster care system in the state of Texas.  She believes that when she had no hope or saw no future at age 6, faith become her strength and hope became her guide.  She is often called a survivor; because of her path through the states foster system included many homes, sexual and mental abuse, separation from her siblings, totally loneliness and aging out at 18 with no support and a child in tow. It is a story of having to survive in plain sight in a system plagued with issues surrounding some good people working together to make a difference in the lives of our children.

Bryant serves her community through a number of organizations that address issues that create measurable, life enhancing, goals and demonstrated opportunities for education, drug and alcohol abuse recovery and our children in the Nations foster system.

Proceeds from the Fostering Strength fundraiser support Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ Bridging the G.A.P. project, which assists local foster care youth through a variety of activities. Click here for more information on Bridging the G.A.P.

There are more than 900 youth in the foster care system in Linn County alone. Come learn more about how we can work together to make life better for those who otherwise might fall between the cracks.

Event details:
Fostering Strength
May 11, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Doubletree Downtown Cedar Rapids

Keynote Speaker: Gigi Edwards Bryant

Ticket includes Luncheon and access to our exclusive Cash and Carry Market.

Click here to purchase Fostering Strength Tickets


We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our event sponsors:







Learn about past Fostering Strength events here:
2014: Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mom featured in The Blind Side movie
2015: Dr. Jennifer Arnold from TLC’s docu-drama The Little Couple
2016: Travis Lloyd, auther of Overcoming Emotional Trauma



There’s still an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local foster youth! Use the link below to support Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ mission and projects, including Bridging the G.A.P. and our scholarship fund.

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