Collins Tuohy, whose family is featured in the hit blockbuster movie “The Blind Side,” will be the guest speaker at the Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge annual Committee of 100 luncheon on Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel.
The annual luncheon honors a select group of woman who each contribute $100 or more to help address the growth and development of girls through programs offered at Girls Inc. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., and Girls Inc. invites all women of the community to join. To become a member of the committee and attend the luncheon, contact Rhoni Basden, executive director of Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge, at (865) 482-4475.
Tuohy shares a famously close bond with her adopted brother Michael Oher, as chronicled in “The Blind Side,” a press release said. They first met in the halls of their school in Memphis as she helped him adjust to both a new school and a new life with the Tuohy family. When Collins became homecoming queen, Michael was her escort. They also share a common bond through their athletic pursuits: Collins won the Tennessee state championship in the pole vault as Michael earned all-state honors in the discus and basketball championships.
Tuohy will take the audience through her journey with Michael from fellow student, to close friend, confidant, and ultimately, adoptive sister. She discusses ways in which everyone can do something to change the life of another person. Using her own experiences as examples, she urges others to see the value that everyone holds and not let presumptions skew the judgment of others.
Collins is currently the co-owner and marketing director at Whimsy Cookie Company in Memphis. She is on the board of the Making It Happen Foundation, dedicated to changing children’s lives through hope, love, and opportunity. She can also be seen on the television series “Family Addition” with Leigh Anne Tuohy that features families as they go through the practical, physical, and emotional process of adding new family members.
Their movie, “The Blind Side,” went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million in the box office and became the No. 1 opening weekend for a sports film in history.
Girls Inc. is honored and excited to have her join the Committee of 100 this year and speak on her inspirational experiences.
Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge is an affiliate of Girls Inc., a leading national nonprofit organization that advocates for girls and offers programs that inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold! Girls Inc. offers research based curriculums within their after school and summer camp programs while providing seven full girl-only sports seasons throughout the year.
Today, Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge serves more than 600 girls within all programming in a safe, engaging and enriching environment. For more information, visit the website at www.girlsincoakridge.org or call (865) 482-4475.