Fostering Strength 2018

May 4, 2018
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Doubletree Downtown Cedar Rapids
Featuring a Keynote Address from Charell Star

Cash and carry market opens at 11
Lunch and program begin at noon

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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 at the sixth annual Fostering Strength. This event is Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ largest fundraiser. 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.

We can’t wait for you hear from our keynote speaker, Charell Star! Charell is a journalist, online media personality, contributor and featured lifestyle expert for on-air, on-camera and online video shows and segments. She is also the founder, publisher, and writer of “Not Just a Girl in a Dress”, a highly popular lifestyle blog which shares inspiring stories and trending news that help women readers define their own versions of success.

Charell is also a former foster care youth, and knows first hand the challenges facing the foster care population. She has been passionate about partnering with organizations, advocates, and brands that provide foster youth needed services, support and encouragement over the years. Charell has been appointed to the Board of Directors of CASA NYC and City Living NYC. Both organizations cater to making sure the needs of Foster care youth are met and that their rights are protected.

Read more about Charell here.

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, author of Overcoming Emotional Trauma
2017: Gigi Edwards Bryant, Texas Foster Care Alum and Speaker



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.

Donate Here

Apartment in a Suitcase $400

Suitcase Refresher Pack $60

AMP Meal $100


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