SpiriTrust Lutheran® is pleased to announce Collins Tuohy as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Cornerstone Dinner which will be held Thursday, April 6 at Wyndham Garden Hotel in York.
As chronicled in The Blind Side, Collins Tuohy shares a famously close bond with her adopted brother Michael Oher which began when they first met in the hallways of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee. Collins helped Michael adjust to both Briarcrest and his new life with the Tuohy family. When Collins became Briarcrest’s Homecoming Queen, Michael was her escort. They also shared a common bond through their unique athletic pursuits: Collins won the Tennessee State Championship in the pole vault as Michael earned All-State honors in the discus and basketball championships.
“Collins Tuohy’s journey with Michael from fellow student to close friend, confidant and, ultimately, adoptive sister is an empowering story which showcases the ways in which everyone can do something to change the life of another person,” said Glenn Miller, vice president of External Relations at SpiriTrust Lutheran and president of the SpiriTrust Lutheran Foundation. “Her message of seeing the value that each individual holds aligns with the values of our 2017 Cornerstone honorees, Bill and Kim Kerlin. Bill and Kim, through their philanthropy and their service to the York community, have changed lives in their own quiet, powerful way.”
During the 14th Annual Cornerstone Dinner, the 2017 Cornerstone Award – which recognizes the exceptional generosity of individuals and families to their community through direct charitable support, leadership and volunteer service – will be presented to Bill and Kim Kerlin. Their collective involvement in the York community has made a positive impact and exemplifies the mission of SpiriTrust Lutheran.
The Cornerstone Dinner provides an opportunity for the community to learn about SpiriTrust Lutheran while enjoying an evening of inspiration. Through the generosity of partners, in its 14-year history the Cornerstone Dinner has raised more than $2.1 million in support of SpiriTrust Lutheran programs and services in York County.