OXFORD, Miss. (April 3, 2018) – With the 2018 North Mississippi Classic only a few weeks away, the tournament is thrilled to announce that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy will be the hosts of the Manning Pro-Am Pairings Gala, to be held the evening of Tuesday, April 17. The inaugural Web.com Tour tournament is set for April 16-22, 2018 at The Country Club of Oxford, MS.
Sean, a record breaking, award winning All-SEC basketball player, and Leigh Anne, a college cheerleader, met at Ole Miss and subsequently married in 1982. The Tuohys never anticipated how a random act of kindness on a November day would change their lives when they spotted a young African American man walking along the side of a road. The resulting story of what then became their motto, “Families Don’t Have to Match,” was chronicled in Michael Lewis’ New York Times bestseller, The Blind Side. The book inspired the major motion picture of the same name, starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, a once homeless teenager who became a first-round NFL draft pick through the love and support of his unlikely adoptive family.
“We are incredibly excited and honored to have Sean and Leigh Anne host our Pairings Gala in Oxford,” said the tournament’s executive director Steve Jent. “Having the Tuohys and Archie and Cooper Manning get on board with us for our inaugural event promises to make this a really spectacular and memorable evening.”
Limited Pro-Am sponsorships are still available. For more information about North Mississippi Classic sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, and tickets, visit the tournament’s web site at northmsclassic.com.
About Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy
Philanthropist Sean Tuohy is an extremely successful multi-brand fast food entrepreneur who owns and operates franchises across multiple states, from Ohio to Florida. Alongside building his franchise brand, Sean also has amassed over 15 years in the NBA broadcast world. Leigh Anne is a success in her own right, having blazed her own trail in interior design. Her work has been showcased in print and television. Together, the couple authored the New York Times bestseller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, which is a road map of the Tuohy family story with Michael. Recently, Leigh Anne’s newest book, Turn Around, is a weekday devotional that uses scripture as a springboard to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately. Both Sean and Leigh Anne have become sought after motivational speakers represented by Greater Talent Network (GTN) out of New York. As a result of the outpouring support for The Blind Side, their books, and their speaking, the Tuohys have established their family’s charity, The Making it Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks of society. Every day, they work relentlessly to continue to fill in the gap for kids who have no one championing for them. The Tuohys encourage everyone to get off the sidelines and get in the game, as they know firsthand how one act of kindness can change a life when you take a risk and “turn around.”
About Century Club Charities
Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $13 million for statewide charities.
About the Web.com Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. This season marks the 29th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 475 PGA TOUR titles, including 23 major championships and seven PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Twitter (@WebDotComTour), Facebook (facebook.com/WebDotComTour) and Instagram (Instagram.com/WebDotComTour).