Birmingham Belle Finalists

Thursday, Oct 28,2010
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The Southern Belle is someone whose charm and style captivates a room. Our Birmingham Belle Finalists were selected based not only on their personality, but also their involvement in our community. Email your vote to info@myscoop.us with your favorite Belle in the subject line. The winner will be announced at the Beaus and Belles Event at Bromberg's at the Summit on November 11 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and will receive $1000 gift certificate to Bromberg's, boots from Wedge Welly, and more! Be sure to Save The Date for the Beaus and Belles Event sponsored by Bromberg’s, Hoover Toyota, and Tag Heuer.

Read below and click on the gallery for more on our Top Belles.

Alexis Barton

Alexis Barton is a native of Brewton, Alabama and received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Literature from the University of Alabama. An occasional model, Alexis is employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and is also an accomplished, award-winning writer. Her social commentary is noted for its wit and wisdom and has appeared in Ebony, The Birmingham News and in blogs for skirt! magazine and urbanham.com. Alexis is currently completing a collection of Southern Gothic short stories. Alexis never met a stiletto she didn't like and loves cooking Creole cuisine, watching Crimson Tide football, collecting vintage clothing and spending time with loved ones. She cannot live without MAC lipglass, a good book and laughter. Alexis believes "pretty is as pretty does" and enjoys lending her time to community service efforts in the Birmingham area in her spare time. Highlights of that service include working as an outspoken advocate for survivors of rape and sexual assault through the Crisis Center, participating in Birmingham Reads with the Literary Council, and serving as a Project Homeless Connect host through the United Way Young Leaders Society. 

Kate DeWitt Darden

An Oklahoma City native, Kate has called Alabama home from the day she enrolled at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Kate made her way to Birmingham in 1992 and is now a partner in the branding and design firm, DARDEN I TATUM, which helps companies launch, build, and elevate their brands. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Kate spent 15+ years at Southern Progress, most recently as the Group Marketing Director for powerhouse media brands Cooking Light and Health. Kate loves her business, and she relishes putting her marketing skills to work for the causes close to her heart. She serves on the boards of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, Jones Valley Urban Farm, and MOMENTUM, the state’s premier leadership development program for women. Kate also serves as a table captain for the annual YWCA Purse and Passion luncheon as well as a Trustee of Highlands United Methodist Church. Her husband David, and children Griffin (9) and Ava (7) provide the loving support and comic relief that make everything else possible. After her family, her friends would say her great passion is a tossup between food and shoes.

Kate Kelley

Kate is a Birmingham native and a graduate of Auburn University where she served as SGA School Council President. Currently at the American Cancer Society, Kate serves as an event planner and fundraiser for Relay For Life Events and Specialty Events such as the Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run, the Black-Out Cancer Event, and the Alabama Power Run for the Reason event. Through these events, Kate has raised over $540,000 for cancer education, advocacy, research, and patient services. Prior to her work with the American Cancer Society, Kate worked for Southern Progress Corporation with Southern Living Magazine and the Lowe’s Creative Ideas brand. During her tenure with Southern Living magazine, Kate coordinated and travelled to promote national events such as Dillard’s Home Design seminars, Southern Living Cook-Off, Cooking School and Kitchens on Tour. While working on the Lowe’s Creative Ideas brand, Kate designed and managed the execution of home décor projects for the Print and Web components of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas brand nationwide. In addition to these responsibilities, Kate has served as a freelance photo stylist and developed a popular online art business. She also is an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham and the Birmingham Ballet Guild. 

Nancy Jones

A native of Homewood, Alabama, Nancy is the Director of Marketing and Institutional Development at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. During her tenure with BCT, Nancy has been instrumental in the creation of Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s Junior Board of Patrons, and conceived and launched BCT's annual family-friendly gala, “A Night in Story Land." BCT's newest fundraising event, "A Night in Story Land" transports theatre-goers of ALL ages to BCT's most famous magical lands and has raised over $50,000 for BCT's education and outreach efforts in only 2 short years. Nancy is an impassioned advocate for the arts; health and well-being in Birmingham through her position at BCT, in addition to her many volunteer actives and board appointments. Elected to the Board of Directors at the Shades Valley YMCA in 2007, she is active in providing recreation, exercise and after school care for 385 children annually, and was recently appointed as the Programs Chair of the Capital Campaign Solicitation Committee. In 2008, Nancy was appointed to the Alabama Ballet’s Junior Board of Patrons, and in her first season co-chaired the Junior Board's first fundraising event at Saks. An avid dancer, dance consultant and choreographer, Nancy teaches and choreographs for the Alabama Ballet School of Dance and the Birmingham Children's Theatre Academy of Performing Arts. Nancy is a southern belle at heart, and when she is not working to raise funds for various local arts and health organizations, she stays busy teaching dance, following the latest fashion trends, modeling and watching football. Nancy is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College where she earned a BA in Dance and minor in Psychology.

Sarah Israel

Sarah was born and raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama. She attended The University of Alabama and received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Event Planning. While attending Alabama, Sarah was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, served as the social chair for Tri-Delta and was voted "Best Dressed" in her pledge class. She interned at Fingerprint Communications, a celebrity and fashion public relations firm in Beverly Hills, California that focuses on red carpet events and fundraisers. Sarah then received a Masters of Science in Marketing degree from Alabama. Currently. Sarah is the Marketing Director for Adamson Ford, which totals five dealerships in Greater Birmingham. She focuses on marketing via non-traditional media, including cause marketing and social media campaigns. She also serves on several boards, including for the Arthritis Foundation as the Public Relations chair for Mudbugs and Music 2011 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sarah has a passion for sports, fashion and community involvement. She aspires to begin her own communications firm that balances both for-profit marketing campaigns and non-profit fundraising.

Stacey Hagler Spears

Stacey was born and raised in Birmingham. She attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. After transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, Stacey accepted a job in the Orthopedic Medical sales industry and nine years later, still loves what she does. Combining her sales experience along with a passion for important causes, she has been able to successfully raise funds for several local organizations. She is very active in the Birmingham community, both attending and planning events for charities around town.  After joining The Service Guild and working with the Bell Center, Stacey realized her passion and desire to help others. Each year Stacey co-hosts an event that chooses a family in need of financial assistance due to a diagnosis with rare forms of cancer, specifically in children. This event and its fundraising efforts enable the family to focus on their fight with cancer rather than financial burdens. Stacey is also preparing for her second donation to Locks of Love as a personal way of giving back. In her spare time, you can find Stacey playing tennis with the USTA and LITL leagues and spending time with her friends and family. Stacey is passionate about her career, giving back to the community and being with her loved ones. Stacey Spears truly embodies the real meaning of a Southern Belle.

Weezie Boiles

Weezie grew up in Talladega, Alabama and attended The University of Alabama where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and served a term as president in her senior year. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. After graduation, she lived for a short while in Nashville working as a freelance designer before moving to Birmingham to work for Walls Media as an in-house graphic designer. During her years with the company, she has been promoted a number of times and is now the Creative Director and Vice President. Working at Walls Media has given Weezie the chance to help local charities by donating pro bono design work, including doing all design work for the ONB Magic City Art Connection for five years. She won an Addy in 2006 for the creation of the logo for Birmingham Museum of Art’s Art on the Rocks. Besides doing pro bono work through Walls Media, Weezie has also served on various philanthropic boards in Birmingham. She is an active member in the Jr. League of Birmingham, currently serving as Creative Director for the league, and has enjoyed working with the Shop, Save and Share fundraiser, as well as working hands on at Children’s Hospital.  While living in England several years ago, she was fortunate enough to spend a year working with the Jr. League of London. In addition to the causes championed by the Jr. League, she also serves as an officer on the Associate Board of the Arthritis Foundation to help raise awareness of Juvenile Arthritis. When not working, Weezie loves to travel with her husband, Damon.  
 
Jessica Cooley
 
Jessica was born and raised in the Birmingham area. While attending the University of Alabama, she was Vice President of her sorority and hostess of WVUA's entertainment show, Speakeasy.  She also helped co-host "Pat Patrick's Best in High School Football" as their sideline reporter.  After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she moved to Los Angeles for the summer to explore all the possibilities of West Coast life. Eventually after traveling and living in Charlotte, Miami, Scottsdale, and Cincinnati, she realized that her heart and home had always been in Alabama. Now Jessica is proud to be involved in her family's business, Dandy RV, where she is owner and founder of her own company, Dandy RV Rentals.  She is a member of the Civiettes Club of Birmingham, supporting UCP,  Young Professionals of Birmingham, and loves to volunteer for Susan G. Komen's Breast Cancer Foundation.  She loves socializing, designer fashion, fabulous cuisine, wakeboarding during the summer, and traveling anytime she can. 
 
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