Ole Miss to give Legacy Award to Leigh Anne Tuohy

By Ole Miss Media Relations

The woman who inspired Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning performance in “The Blind Side” will visit the University of Mississippi April 17 to pick up an award.

The Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy will present 1982 Ole Miss graduate Leigh Anne Tuohy with the inaugural Legacy Award.

She will be honored at a 10 a.m. ceremony in the Overby Center Auditorium.

A question-and-answer session and a $100-per-plate brunch will follow at 11:30 a.m. at The Inn at Ole Miss.

“I can’t think of a better example of the power of one person to transform another person’s life than Leigh Anne Tuohy,” said Mary Sharp Rayner, chair of the Women’s Council, in a news release. “We are thrilled to be able to launch our award by recognizing such an extraordinary woman.”

Tuohy’s story of rescuing Michael Oher, who became a Baltimore Ravens football player, was showcased in the film “The Blind Side.”

The OMWC established an award this year in celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary to recognize individuals that exemplify the council’s goals of philanthropy, leadership and mentorship.

The organization’s goal is to raise funds and pair recipients with mentors who pledge to give back through community service.

Admission to the 10 a.m. event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets to both events are available online at http://www.umfoundation.com.

Click the “tickets” graphic on the left or call 662-915-1586. Event proceeds will benefit the Women’s Council.

Free transportation from The Inn at Ole Miss to the 1 p.m. Grove Bowl spring game will be provided for brunch participants.