Leigh Anne Tuohy, Inspiration for The Blind Side to Speak at The Thirteenth Annual Old Bags Luncheon in Palm Beach

Center for Family Services
Center for Family Services
February 17, 2011

The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County (CFS) is proud to announce that Leigh Anne Tuohy will be the guest speaker at the Thirteenth Annual Old Bags Luncheon. One of Palm Beach’s most popular charity luncheons of the season, the event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at The Breakers.  Sharon Apple and Judi Richards are chairwomen with Lisa Erdmann, Erin McGould and Amie Swan serving as honorary chairwomen. 

Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. A Memphis, Tennessee native, Leigh Anne graduated from the University of Mississippi, “Ole Miss,” with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design. There Leigh Anne met Sean Tuohy, her husband of 27 years. Both were active and ambitious college students: 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 proud parents of daughter Collins (23) and sons Michael Oher (23) and Sean, Jr. (16).


Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm with her mother and partner, Virginia Roberts. Her work has been featured on HGTV, in numerous publications, and she has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippin, Isaac Bruce and OJ Mayo. Leigh Anne has joined ABC’s Emmy-Award winning series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, for Season 8.


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 for a sports film in history.


Almost two 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, Leigh Anne and her husband, Sean, released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, Making it Happen. Through both projects, Leigh Anne continues her mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth.


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.

CFS is very excited to have Leigh Anne Tuohy as a guest speaker this year at The Old Bags Luncheon because they feel she is a perfect fit for its mission of “strengthening families through counseling, education and homeless intervention.” “She is a prime example of what we want to see happen right here in Palm Beach County”, stated Dorla Leslie, CEO of CFS.


Last year over 400 supporters attended the Old Bags Luncheon, with more than 250 designer handbags donated for the silent auction, raising over $300,000. Saks Fifth Avenue is the Platinum Corporate Benefactor and Kaufmann de Suisse, Palm Beach is the Gold Corporate Benefactor.


Proceeds from the Old Bags Luncheon benefit The Center for Family Services’ programs provided to children who suffer from domestic violence, sexual abuse or homelessness. Tickets are $350 per person. For more information, please call Meghan Mayo at 561-616-1232; e-mail: mmayo@ctrfam.org.

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