Thursday, February 02, 2006

Miss Tennessee - Allison Leigh Alderson

Allison is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly & Co., specializing in diabetes. Her philanthropic outlets are the Race for the Cure, A Safe and Drug Free Tennessee, the literacy program at the Porter Leath’s Children Center, the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center, Reading Renaissance, Reading Is Fundamental, St. Jude and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospitals, the Interfaith Clinic, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Hat Tip: Old School Rep


Anonymous said...

I'm sure she's highly qualified...

Anonymous said...

Mazel tov to Alison Alderson , a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis , who is the new Miss Tennessee USA 2002.

Alderson Wins Waterford Crystal Scholarship
Allison Alderson 99, Miss
Tennessee in this years Miss America pageant, received a $3,000 Waterford Crystal Scholarship for Business Management and Marketing. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Miss America contestant.
Alderson, an economics and
business administration major at
Rhodes who plans to earn a
masters degree in business admin-
istration, submitted a winning
300-word essay on product brand-
ing. Her career ambition, she said,
is to serve as the chief executive
officer of a successful public or private business entity.

The Wall Street Journal/Departmental Award in Finance
1998-1999 Recipient: Allison L. Alderson

Allison Alderson is the daughter of Robert and Jane Alderson of Jackson, TN. She is
a 1999 cum laude graduate of Rhodes College with a degree in Business
Administration. A Dean’s List scholar at Rhodes, she was a member of Mortar Board
and Order of Omega and served as President of Chi Omega Sorority. She has
studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and attended Georgetown University in Washington
D.C. in the Bryce Harlow Institute of Business and Government Affairs fellowship
Allison has been extensively involved in literacy for the past eight years, dedicating
over 1,000 volunteer hours to encourage children to stay in school and learn to
read. After serving as the national spokesperson for Reading is Fundamental, Allison continues to speak to adults about adopting literacy projects to support the
community. She founded a children’s library and literacy program at the Carl Perkins
Child Abuse Center in Jackson, TN and instituted a similar program at Porter Leath
Children’s Center in Memphis.
Allison has studied classical piano for 15 years and voice for 16. She and her sister,
Amy, are currently studying voice and singing together in Nashville. Allison recently
appeared in a Rascal Flatts video for their song These Days.
Allison held the title of Miss Tennessee Teen USA® in 1994. At the national
competition, she was the preliminary swimsuit winner and placed third to Miss Teen
USA 1994. She is presently a diabetes specialist in pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly
& Company in Nashville.
During her reign as Miss Tennessee USA®, Allison served the community by
participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Harvest Food Bank Toy
Drive in Nashville, Toys for Tots, the Mr. MTSU Charity Pageant, and the AIDS
Benefit Auction for the Comprehensive Care Center in Nashville.
Allison appeared on the Christian Country Music Awards, the Behind the Badge
radio show, interviews with 102.5 The Party, Nashville Nights, an At Home Shopping
Network commercial, and Talk of the Town. She also participated in a Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Women in
Business Forum, the Clarksville Christmas parade, the Olympic Torch Ceremony in
Nashville, the Southern Women’s Show, and the Mule Day Parade in Columbia.
“It was the opportunity of a lifetime to represent our state at the Miss USA
pageant,” Allison said. “This entire year has been full of unforgettable memories.
One of the most amazing events that I was able to participate in was the Olympic
Torch Lighting Ceremonies in Nashville. The Tennessee USA program is one of the
most respected programs in the nation and to have the opportunity to reign as Miss
TN USA has been an incredible experience.”

Anonymous said...
Rascal Flatts band member, Jay DeMarcus, is married to a Chi Omega! He married Allison Alderson (Kappa Beta, Rhodes College) who is a former Miss Tennessee, this past May. They met when Allison was starring in the group's video for their #1 hit song, "These Days."


Wedding Bells Ring For Jay DeMarcus
posted: 5/16/2004

NASHVILLE - (May 15, 2004)- Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus married Allison Alderson this evening, Saturday, May 15 in Nashville, Tenn. The couple met on the video set of "These Days," a #1 hit for the group, in the summer of 2002. Alderson played the female lead in the clip.

Fellow Rascal Flatts band mate and cousin Gary LeVox stood in as Best Man and band mate Joe Don Rooney as a groomsman. There were 7 additional groomsmen, including Cledus T Judd, and 8 bridesmaids. During the ceremony Vince Gill performed "When Love Finds You," Jason Scheff (Chicago) sang "Will You Still Love Me," and "You're Still You" was performed by Michael English.

The bride's dress was a custom made gown by designer Reem Acra with a scooped neckline and beaded illusion sleeves, bodice and back. The skirt was an A-line with beaded train. Her tiara was taken from the Museum Collection from Kleinfeld's of Brooklyn, which was a replica of Princess Grace Kelly's wedding tiara. Alderson's shoes were custom jeweled Manolo Blanik's.

The groom wore a hand made black Italian wool & cashmere sateen tuxedo with Western detail. Silk satin twill trim accented the jacket and pant. The vest and traditional tie were tone on tone ivory silk to
complement the bride. The ensemble was designed and tailor-made by well- known Nashville designers Cindy McGill of "Imagine That" and her son Aaron McGill of "Kick Arse."

The bride's procession music was written by DeMarcus and was performed by a 14-piece orchestra conducted by Bill Baumgart.

The couple walked down the aisle as man and wife on a hand painted runner with a custom signature of the newlywed's intertwined champagne colored initials with Austrian crystals and was lightly dusted with glitter. The runner was designed by Susan Poore of Bridal Art Studio. "They lived happily ever after" was printed at the end of the runner.

LeVox sang "These Days" for the couple while they danced at the reception, which immediately followed the church wedding.

The couple will take a tropical honeymoon and DeMarcus will resume his schedule when the band performs their #1 hit "Mayberry" on the Academy of Country Music Awards, May 26.

MAY 15, 2004

Newlyweds for 170 days!


Allison is a former pharmaceutical sales representative with Eli Lilly & Company. While at Eli Lilly & Company, Allison was ranked in the top 10% of the nation, was a part of the Diabetes Care Executive Council and on the National Wall of Fame at Lilly Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. She is a 1999 cum laude graduate of Rhodes College with a BA in Business Administration. Allison received the Wall Street Journal Award in Finance, which is the highest award in finance among graduating seniors. Allison was crowned Miss Tennessee 1999 and represented her home state in the Miss America pageant and traveled the state of TN as the Governor's Spokesperson for a Safe and Drug Free Tennessee. Allison also won Miss Tennessee USA in 2002. She is the first young woman in pageant history to represent Tennessee in Miss Teen USA, Miss America and the Miss USA pageants.