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LEIGH ANNE TUOHY to Receive Award
On Friday, October 10, 2014, Adopt America Network will present the Richard K. Ransom Award for Service to Children and Families to LEIGH ANNE TUOHY, the inspirational matriarch of The Blind Side.  The presentation will take place at Adopt America’s 29th Annual Dinner and Auction at the Stranahan Great Hall in Toledo, Ohio. According to Wendy Spoerl, Adopt America President, “Our Board of Trustees created this award to recognize individuals and organizations that perform outstanding service to the cause of permanency for children and families.  Leigh Anne’s family story of the adoption of Michael Ohers has brought broad awareness to the need for adoptive families for children in foster care and has inspired all of us to continue to help children and families be united through adoption.” Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family.  The Blind Side went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office and became the number one opening weekend sports film in history.  The film boldly depicts both the struggles and triumphs of building a blended family; Sandra Bullock won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne in the film. In July 2010, Leigh Anne and her husband Sean released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat:  Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, The Making It Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible crack in society.  Leigh Anne’s newest book, Making It Happen:  Just Turn Around, details concrete action steps people can take to becoming more involved and giving—in both their community and in their one on one interactions with others. Through all of their projects, the Tuohy family continues their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth. The award being presented is named for the founder of Adopt America Network, Richard K. Ransom, the visionary Toledo entrepreneur who founded Hickory Farms. Adopt America Network is a Toledo-based not for profit organization that matches special needs children in foster care anywhere in America with qualified, loving families for adoption.  Adopt America has helped over 4,200 children be placed with adoptive families and has been responsible for fully one-quarter of all such interstate foster-care adoptions over the past decade.  

Wendy’s to Present Check to Adopt America Network
This past July, Wendy’s supported adoption locally, one brick at a time.    As a thank you to all of the customers who made a donation to Adopt America Network’s brick sale Wendy’s will be presenting a check for $10,920 to Adopt America Network on Wednesday, August 27th  at 9 a.m.  The check presentation will take place at Wendy’s 26630 N. Dixie Hwy in Perrysburg, OH. From July 1 through July 30, select Wendy’s restaurants in Northwest Ohio were striving to raise $5,000, the cost to adopt one child into a loving and permanent family.   The restaurants more than doubled their goal by raising $10,920, the approximate cost to adopt two children into loving and permanent homes.  To reach this goal, local Wendy’s restaurants sold paper “sandcastle bricks” for $1 during the month of July.  To add to the fundraising efforts, Wendy’s hosted one of their famous car shows.   All proceeds benefited the Adopt America Network, located in Toledo, Ohio. Adopt America is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of adoptable children throughout the United States who are in the foster care system, by placing them with permanent, loving families.  Despite the fact that we live in one of the most fortunate nations in the world, there are 107,000 children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, was adopted as a child.  He was an advocate for children in foster care and was committed to raising awareness of children who are waiting for permanent homes and loving families in North America.  He founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit public charity dedicated to increasing adoptions of children in North America’s foster care system.  The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption works in collaboration locally with the Adopt America Network to increase the number of adoptions in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.