By Sal Pizarro San Jose Mercury News firstname.lastname@example.org 04/29/2015 11:42:08 AM PDT
INSPIRATIONAL EVENING: Unity Care Group notched another successful Youth Live fundraiser on Saturday night at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, and it’s amazing to see how quickly the event has grown in just four years. Nearly 400 people attended the dinner, which featured a student art auction and a student fashion show to support the nonprofit’s 22-year mission to help foster youth and other at-risk kids.
Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose story inspired the bestselling book and hit movie “The Blind Side,” provided an inspirational keynote speech. Tuohy makes speeches all over the country but said she does her research on groups she speaks to and was drawn to Unity Care in part because of the past involvement of former 49er Patrick Willis, who knows her son, Michael Oher. “I only really go where I know people are making a difference,” she said.