Fostering Strength Luncheon 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is evolving around the world at a fast pace. Our communities have changed in incredible ways over the past several weeks, and we are all adjusting to the realities and uncertainties of life during this situation. Junior League of Cedar Rapids is working remotely and behind the scenes to ensure that we are doing everything we can to continue to serve our community and fulfill our mission. We hope you and your families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues are staying safe and healthy.

In accordance with CDC and Governor Reynolds’ recommendations, the Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ Fostering Strength luncheon on Friday, May 8, 2020 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Spring 2021.

We were counting on the proceeds of our event to help us provide services for foster youth and those aging out of the foster care system. These individuals in Linn County will continue to have significant needs during this challenging time. While some services we provide are currently on hold, Junior League of Cedar Rapids will continue to support our community in important ways through our Bridging the G.A.P. project.

Please consider making a donation by visiting our donation page here.

Learn more about our Bridging the G.A.P. project here.

Our event is cancelled but our work continues. Please help us carry out our mission by donating today.

Download our Sponsorship Packet here.

Find the Fostering Strength Sponsor Pledge Form here. 


Welcoming in Spring 2021, Christina Meredith:

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