Leigh Anne Tuohy Is Speaker For Bryan College Dinner April 18

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose story of helping a homeless black youth who became a star football player was featured in the movie The Blind Side, will be the speaker for the 6th Annual Bryan College Opportunity Program Dinner.

It will be Thursday, April 18, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

A reception is at 6 p.m. in the North Rotunda. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall.
Cost to attend is $50 per person. Registration will close at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11.

Ms.

Tuohy and members of her family were present Sunday in New Orleans when Michael Oher helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl.

A Memphis native, Ms. Tuohy attended Briarcrest Christian School and went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s of science in interior design. There she met Sean Tuohy, her husband of 30 years. Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, campus favorite, homecoming maid and active member of her sorority; Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion and still holds several SEC assist records. They are the parents of daughter Collins (25) and sons Michael Oher (26) and Sean, Jr. (19).

Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm with her mother and partner, Virginia Roberts. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce and OJ Mayo and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 8 during the 2010-11 season.

The Tuohy family is actively involved in many civic and faith-based organizations, including Grace Evangelical Church, of which they are founding members. The Tuohy family’s life, as chronicled in 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.

Only three years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, Leigh Anne continues to make an impact. 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. A fun element of their charity is the weekly Tuohy Trivia which offers a lucky winner a $25 gift to the charity of his or her choice. Through both projects, Leigh Anne continues her mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth.

The Tuohy family’s inspirational story has been covered all over the national media including Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, and Huckabee to name a few. They are also working on a new book and potential televisions shows. Currently Leigh Anne is a contributing writer to the AARP weekly blog and More.com, offering advice through personal stories of determination and charitable giving. She is one of the most sought after motivational speakers, has appeared on CNN and has given lectures to a broad spectrum of audiences from religious groups and town halls to some of the country’s largest corporations.

At the podium, 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.

Local NAACP Launches Moral Week Of Action Aug. 22-28

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP, along with coalition partners, will conduct a Moral Monday Press Conference at City Hall on Friday. This press conference is relative to the launch of the TN NAACP’s Moral Week of Action, scheduled from Aug. 22-28.    During the press conference, information will be provided about the state-wide MWA activities, which will include ... (click for more)

Capture 2014 Kickoff Is Sept. 19 With Screening Of The Wrecking Crew

Denny Tadesco will bring his film, The Wrecking Crew, to Chattanooga for an exclusive screening and Q&A with the filmmaker. This screening will coincide with the Capture 2014 filmmaking kick-off event on Friday, Sept. 19. The Capture 2014 kick-off begins at 5:30 p.m., the screening of The Wrecking Crew will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center,  200 E. Martin ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Coaches Vs. ‘Top 25’ Foes

The long-accepted measuring stick for a college football coach has been his win-loss record, with an after-glance at his win-loss record within his conference. But in Wednesday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal, writer David Everson, with the help of Stats LLC, used a much-tougher litmus test when he revealed the records of 65 major-college coaches against opponents that were ... (click for more)