Savannah James and Leigh Anne Tuohy Join 2017 YWCA Circle Event

YWCA Greater Cleveland’s annual Circle Event benefiting homeless young adults and families will take place October 3, 2017, at The Cleveland Museum of Art. This year’s theme is, “Hope Is All Around.”

CLEVELAND—August 15, 2017—YWCA Greater Cleveland is excited to announce that Savannah James and Leigh Anne Tuohy have joined this year’s YWCA Circle Event. Savannah joins as honorary chair, and Leigh Anne as keynote speaker.

YWCA Circle, October 3 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, brings together members of the community to help end youth homelessness. This year’s theme is “Hope Is All Around,” and will feature remarks from both Savannah and Leigh Anne.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Savannah and Leigh Anne for this year’s YWCA Circle,” said Margaret Mitchell, YWCA Greater Cleveland President & CEO. “Savannah and Leigh Anne have both shown tremendous passion for bettering their communities through outreach, and Greater Cleveland YWCA is proud to welcome them.”

Savannah JamesSavannah, an Akron native, has a deep-rooted passion for giving back to her local community and empowering young women. Savannah’s annual I PROMise Makeover program uplifts girls from Akron-area high schools by helping them prepare for prom with dresses, accessories, and more importantly, words of encouragement and self-confidence. Earlier this year, James launched her “Women of Our Future” mentorship program at her alma mater, Buchtel High School, that provides research-based interventions and real-time support for young women.


Leigh Anne and her adopted son, NFL player Michael Oher, were the real-life inspiration for the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and the 2009 film The Blindside. Her family’s inspirational journey is proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to other people, we can make the world a better place and perhaps, even save a life.


This year’s YWCA Circle event chairs include Deb Donley, owner/founder of the architectural firm Vocon; and Heidi B. Friedman, partner at Thompson Hine and founder of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, Spotlight on Women.

For more information about the event or to register, visit or call 216-881-6878.

Jan Gusich
p: 330.463.5650
m: 216.509.6862

Christine Kohls
Director of Development
p: 216-881-6878


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