Real Life 'The Blind Side' Matriarch in An Evening Out Fundraiser

April 7th, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015
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Storm Lake Pilot Tribune

Leigh Anne Tuohy is best known for being portrayed by Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, a movie depicting the real-life story of how Tuohy and her husband adopted NFL tackle Michael Oher when he was a homeless teenager.
She is also an author, motivational speaker, activist and philanthropist. She will appear in “An Evening Out With Leigh Anne Tuohy” Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m. at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. Tickets are available now online at

Proceeds go to help Autumn’s Center – a regional facility to help northwest Iowa children and families, named for an Orange City child who died in 2013 due to abuse while in the care of a babysitter.

Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community–and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal “Blind Side” observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person–and the Tuohys as a family.

“He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” says Leigh Anne. She has appeared on numerous TV talk shows and given lectures to a broad spectrum of audiences from religious groups and town halls to some of the country’s largest corporations.

The chronicle of the Tuohy family’s life, Michael Lewis’ New York Times number one best-seller 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. Sandra Bullock won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne in the film.

In July 2010, she and her husband, Sean, released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society. Leigh Anne’s newest book, Making it Happen: Just Turn Around, details concrete action steps people can take to becoming more involved and giving–in both their community and in their one on one interactions with others.