Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy


Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series Board of Directors announced today the change of date for their fall speakers, The Blind Side’s Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy. The event originally scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2013 will now be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

The event date was changed to accommodate the Water for People concert/fundraiser being held on

September 26th at the Victory Theatre. Water For People (www.waterforpeople.org) partners with communities, local government, and other organizations to help people improve their quality of life by supporting the development of safe drinking water and improved sanitation projects. “We appreciate the efforts of such a worthwhile organization, and we want the community to have the opportunity to attend both events,” said Diversity Lecture Series Board President Lynn Miller-Pease.

The Lecture Series event will be held at The Centre’s Aiken Theatre. The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required for admission. Special accommodations may be requested at The Centre Box Office. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. The Tuohys will sign copies of their books following their presentation.

The Touhy family’s life is chronicled in the best-selling book “The Blind Side,” which became a blockbuster movie. Beginning in 2004, the Touhys took in, and eventually adopted, Michael Oher, an African American teen that was being raised by his crack-addicted mother in the Memphis projects. “Who knows where I’d be?” says Michael, who could have been just another statistic. But with the love and support of the Tuohys, Michael improved as a student and became one of the most sought after players in college and professional football.

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy will share their personal Blind Side observations – from seeing Michael for the first time to how the experience changed the Tuohys as a family, which includes daughter Collins and son Sean, Jr. “Michael had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” says Leigh Anne. The Tuohys continue their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and motivate deserving, but underserved youth.