Leigh Anne Tuohy, the tough-as-nails mom portrayed in the movie “The Blind Side,” will be guest speaker at Deaconess Adoption’s annual Angels of Destiny fundraiser set for Sept. 4 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 N Lincoln Blvd.
Money raised at the event will be used to fund a post-adoption counseling center, said Dierdre McCool, executive director of Deaconess Adoption.
“Deaconess Adoption is one of the few agencies in our state that has consistently provided ongoing, post-adoption services for all members involved in the adoption,” McCool said. “Last year, we experienced a more than double increase in requests for counseling from families who adopted children from the foster care system or from another country. Therefore, we are expanding this valuable service to the community at large.”
McCool said the Oklahoma City faith-based organization increased office space and added a play therapy room. She said Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), which includes therapy dogs and other innovative techniques, is being used to help children with traumatic histories heal, and to support families in the process.
Tuohy and her family opened their hearts and home to a 15-year-old homeless teenager named Michael Oher. Despite challenges, the lives of the Tuohys and Oher were radically transformed. He is now a National Football League football player for the Tennessee Titans and formerly of the Baltimore Ravens. The family’s story was chronicled in the 2009 movie “The Blind Side.”
IF YOU GO
Tickets to the event are $100 per person and $150 for a couple. They can be bought online at www.deaconessadoption.org. For more information, call Debbie Davis at 949-4200.