Fostering Strength Luncheon 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Junior League of Cedar Rapids is excited to announce Christina Meredith as the keynote speaker for our eighth annual Fostering Strength event.

Event Details:

  • Friday, May 8th, 2020
  • Cash and Carry Market opens at 11am; lunch at 12pm
  • Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • Expected Attendance: 300

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Empowering others with her inspiring life story, Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse, incest, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others.

Through strong faith and hard work, she went on to become Miss California, enroll in college, found her own nonprofit foundation, and pursue a path to becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

As told in her book, CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope (now under development to become a major motion picture) and during appearances on the Today Show and before speaking audiences nationwide, Christina’s story celebrates the transformative power of education, and the potential within all of us to triumph over adversity.

“My entire story is about hope, faith, hard work, achieving the dream and the purpose that you have been given in this life, and not allowing things to deter you, because circumstances change,” she says. “With hard work and a little faith, you can make them change.”


Past Fostering Strength Events:

2013: Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of Language of Flowers and founder of Camellia Network

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

2018: Charell Star, Foster Care Alum, Journalist and Media Personality

2019: Steve Pemberton, author of A Chance in the World