Fostering Strength Luncheon 2020

We hope to return with the Fostering Strength Luncheon in spring 2021!

The spring 2020 event was canceled due to CDC and Governor Reynold’s recommendations for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the necessity to cancel the event, young people in our communities will continue to have significant needs during this challenging time.  We depend on fundraising events to provide services for foster youth and those aging out of the foster care system. 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.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or our 2021 event, please contact


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.”


Previous Fostering Strength guest speakers:

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