Tuohy will be the honoree at the 5th Annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women's Achievement gala

Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration behind the Hollywood blockbuster movie “The Blind Side,” will be the honoree at the 5th Annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement, on Thursday, April 10, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Tuohy, a leading advocate for foster families, is the adoptive parent of Michael Oher, former offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, 2013 Super Bowl champions. Her family’s life was first told in Michael Lewis’ 2006 New York Times number one best-seller, The Blind Side. Tuohy became a household name after the 2009 release of the Academy Award nominated movie, “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock.

Padua selected Tuohy as its 2014 honoree because she possesses an incredible ability to inspire audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community. Tuohy works through her foundation to find value in life and those who society has deemed without worth. Tuohy has lived a life of example and purpose that in many ways mirrors the values and beliefs of Padua Academy.

Padua’s Annual Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of women who lead lives of faith, charity, leadership, and entrepreneurial innovation. Past recipients include: Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza; former United States Ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon; New York Times best-selling author Liz Murray; and former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush. Recently named one of America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools, Padua offers a unique, cutting-edge, and transformational college preparatory education.

Proceeds of the event benefit the Padua Academy Annual Fund to help transform the lives of young women into the Christ-centered leaders of tomorrow. More information on the event, including ticket and sponsorship information, can be found at www.paduaacademy.org or by contacting 302-421-2778.

An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner and program beginning at 7 p.m.

Rooted in the Catholic faith, Padua Academy offers young women a transformational college preparatory education, challenging them to live Christ-centered lives of leadership and service.