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Dena Miller is the Dallas Editor for Miss A. She has been described by Style Network as a "Queen Bee". Formerly a glam rock scene Diva, Dena is now a Socialite on the Dallas philanthropy scene, specializing in Polo events that benefit women's and children's causes.

While never forgetting her small town roots from a Midwestern farming community in rural Missouri, she’s fit right in the “Big D” since coming here in 1984. After 11 years of promoting the music scene, hobnobbing with the most popular bands from coast to coast, she switched gears after meeting her husband at the first Polo match she ever attended. Always one for excitement, Polo became her new rock n roll.
With her marriage and new found passion for polo, came Philanthropy. Miller founded the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas in 2005 with the goal of promoting the Sport of Kings in north Texas via charity events for causes that are close to her heart. To date the LPA has raised over $500,000 for causes such as domestic violence, children with serious medical needs, therapeutic horsemanship, the Polo Training Foundation, children’s advocacy and food drives for north Texas food Bank. When not working on her own events she is attending Charity luncheons and balls as well as volunteering at golf tournaments and Special Olympics events. She is a member of the USPA Equine Welfare committee and on Board of Dress For Succes Dallas.

Writing has been a lifetime passion of Dena’s. Besides working on a book that proceeds will benefit domestic violence organizations, and writing for two national polo magazines, is a frequent contributor to Dallas area publications, winning Best Contributor Award from Dallas Morning News Neighborsgo, she is co-authoring a book on the phenomenon of cyber bullying by adult women, referred to as Cyber Harrassment.

Recap: Tara Harper Hosts Patio Pooch Party Benefitting Paws In The City

Guests at Patio Pooch Party (Photo Credit: Bob Manzano)

On Tuesday July 26th, McCormick and Schmicks in Northpark hosted a HOT party, and I do mean HOT  (think July in Texas), benefiting Paws in the City (PITC). Guests with pets, and adoption dogs looking for homes, were kept cool on the patio with buckets of ice water delivered regularly by waiters. Live music, cocktails and doggy treats were enjoyed on the patio while guests fawned over Greyhound rescues, a delivery of new pups and breeds of all kinds needing families.  The party spilled over into the bar area where patrons enjoyed the air conditioning. Such a good turnout inspired the manager to give a percentage of net proceeds from entire event rather than from the “greensheet” menu, as originally planned.  Paws in the City founder, Tara Harper of Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas was pleasantly surprised and both parties agreed to do it again.

Paws in the City founder Tara Harper and guests (Photo Credit: Bob Manzano)

Paws in the City was founded in June of 2005, with a mission to rescue dogs and cats from the City of Dallas Shelter,who were being euthanized at a rate of almost 30,000 a year.  Their fundraisers are some of the most unique and fun in town!  In our current recession, when most charities are suffering through a drop in donations, funds have nearly doubled along with volunteer base and the number of animals saved.  Due in part to the much anticipated to annual event Top Hat and Tails, which sells out every year and features local celebrities in a ‘Dancing with the Stars” type of contest.  With Tara’s new reality show to be aired on August 15, no doubt the group’s revenue will continue to increase!  Will we see Tara and the PITC gang in action?  Will cast members attend some of her events?  She’s not saying, so we’ll have to tune in to Most Eligible Dallas on Bravo to find out!

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