Reaching New Heights Women’s Luncheon
The mission of Reaching New Heights is to raise funds to help women in treatment and celebrate those women with their own recovery
Reaching New Heights - Women's Luncheon 2017
The mission of Reaching New Heights is to highlight the women's programs at Cumberland Heights, raise funds to help women in treatment, and celebrate those women in our families and community who are experiencing their own recovery one day at a time.
The Reaching New Heights Luncheon in 2017 will be held
Tuesday, April 4th at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club.
This year's guest speaker is Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle".
We welcome Jeannette Walls, graduate of Barnard College and journalist in New York, NY. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers, The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.
About Our Speaker Jeannette Walls
Walls was born on April 21, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Rex Walls and Rose Mary Walls. Walls has two sisters, Lori and Maureen, and one brother, Brian. Walls' family life was rootless, with the family shuttling from Phoenix, Arizona, California, Battle Mountain, Nevada, and Welch, West Virginia, with periods of homelessness. When they finally landed in Rex's Appalachian hometown, Welch, W.Va., the family lived in a three-room house without plumbing or heat, infested with snakes and rats. Walls moved to New York at age 17 to join her sister Lori. She finished high school in the city, and with grants, loans, scholarships and a year spent answering phones at a Wall Street law firm, put herself through Barnard and graduated in 1984 with honors.
While Walls wrote about “the skinny dames and the fat cats,” as her father called them, she was careful to hide her background, though her parents kept turning up on the local news, mouthing off about squatters’ rights. Then she published an inflammatory item concerning Scientology and learned that the church was beginning an investigation into her life. That, combined with a cab ride one night when she caught sight of her mother rooting through a Dumpster, made her decide it was time to tell the truth.
Walls also talks about the fun she was having being raised on a farm, calling it "a little bit of arrested development" — riding horses, learning piano. She is close to Taylor’s 29-year-old daughter, his granddaughter and the rest of his family who visit on holidays. But hard work is still what defines her. As we’d discussed, Rex may have imagined the glass castle, but Walls is the one who built it.