Padua to honor ‘The Blind Side’ inspiration at annual dinner


WILMINGTON – Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration behind the hit motion picture “The Blind Side,” will be the honoree at fifth annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement, which will be held April 10 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Tuohy is the adoptive parent of Michael Oher, an offensive tackle with the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans. He signed with the Titans in mid-March after spending the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. Oher was homeless in Memphis when he moved in with Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy and their two children.

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Padua selected Tuohy “because she possesses an incredible ability to inspire audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community,” the school said. She “has lived a life of example and purpose that in many ways mirrors the values and beliefs of Padua Academy.”

The annual dinner recognizes women who live lives of faith, charity, leadership and entrepreneurial innovation, according to the school. Past recipients include Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon, best-selling author Liz Murray and former first lady Laura Bush.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Padua Academy annual fund. More information about the Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement, including tickets and sponsorships, is available at or by calling (302) 421-2778.