SIDNEY— Leigh Anne Tuohy, best-selling author and the inspirational subject of “The Blind Side,” will be the keynote speaker for Lehman Catholic High School’s Annual Foundation Dinner to be held on Saturday, Jan. 28.
The evening will begin with the Celebration of the Catholic Mass in the school’s Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel at 5 p.m. A social hour will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The Lehman Foundation Dinner is an annual event that serves as an opportunity to express gratitude and thanks to all who support Lehman Catholic and the Lehman High School Foundation. It is held in the Schlater Family Gym at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney. The keynote address by Leigh Anne Tuohy will begin at 8 p.m.
Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book “The Blind Side,” Memphis native Tuohy studied at the University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, where she met Sean Tuohy, her husband since 1982. Both were active and ambitious college students: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, campus favorite, homecoming maid and an active member of her sorority, Kappa Delta; Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion and still holds several SEC assist records.
Leigh Anne and Sean are the proud parents of daughter Collins and sons Sean Jr., and Michael Oher. In February 2013, the whole Tuohy family were on the sidelines cheering Michael and the Baltimore Ravens on to his first Super Bowl victory. Michael now plays as offensive tackle for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
“The Blind Side” went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office and became the number one opening weekend sports film in history. The film boldly depicts both the struggles and triumphs of building a blended family; Sandra Bullock won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne in the film.
Tuohy’s latest book, “Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving,” challenges readers to re-think what giving really means. Published in June 2015, the five-day-per-week devotional uses scripture as a springboard to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately—many times, without having to leave your own community.
The Tuohy family’s inspirational story has been covered all over the national media, including “Katie, Fox and Friends,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “The Today Show,” Dr. Drew, Sean Hannity, Huffington Post Live , and Huckabee, to name a few.
Tuohy also starred in “Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy” on UP, the network dedicated to uplifting entertainment. The show, for which Leigh Anne was also executive producer, featured families as they go through the practical, physical, and emotional process of adding a new family member and also facilitated a makeover of part of their homes to accommodate the new addition.
Tickets for the Lehman Foundation Dinner are $150 and can be reserved by contacting Jenny Weber, Development Coordinator, Office of Advancement and Development at (937) 498-1161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.