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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.

Mrs. Texas 2012 Kayla Wharton Prepares For Mrs. America Pageant

January 19-21, married women from all over the state of Texas converged on Corsicana to compete in the Mrs. Texas pageant at the historical Palace Theatre.

2012 Mrs. Texas Pageant contestants

2012 Mrs. Texas Pageant contestants (Photo Credit: Dena Miller)

Upon arriving, contestants had a briefing and went right into photo shoost and downstairs to a dinner party held in their honor at the Hilton Garden Inn. Friday found them at the theatre bright and early, rehearsing the opening number and pageant run through with a break for a luncheon hosted at the Corsicana Country Club. Fourth time competitor, Mrs. Frisco’s Dawn Neufeld headed up a karaoke night at a local coffee house before ladies turned in to rest up for an early morning of preparing for pageant day. Interviews count for 50% of a contestants total score and begin first thing in the morning. Another run through of pageant number and its show time!

2012 Mrs. Texas

Mrs. Arlington Whitney Beseda, Mrs. Highland Park Dena Miller and Mrs. Frisco Dawn Neufeld head into the Palace Theatre to begin rehearsal. (Photo Credit: Dena Miller)

While everyone is familiar with the MISS Texas/America pageant system, many haven’t heard of the pageant for married women. Mrs. America celebrates the achievements, poise, and personality of today’s married women. The competition seeks married women who are involved in their communities, who want to make a difference and who are excited about celebrating marriage. Mrs. America delegates are judged on their communication skills, successes, composure and appearance.

Mrs. Texas 2012 Kayla Wharton

(Photo Credit: Mrs. Texas 2012 Kayla Wharton)

Kayla Wharton won Mrs. Dallas-Forth Worth and Mrs. Texas 2012 and will compete in three categories for the Mrs. America title: personal interview, swimsuit and evening gown. The Mrs. America Pageant will be held August 23-29 in Tucson, Arizona and will be on U-Stream. Texas hasn’t had a Mrs. America winner since Wendy Lewis won the title in 1994. Like Miss Texas title holders, Mrs. Texas contestants have a platform and Kayla’s is in honor of her mothers battle with breast cancer, “Perfectly Pink” . Kayla’s message to us all is to “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better.”

Please support the Mrs. Texas/America pageant, these brave women are doing great things in their communities. Tune into U-Stream on August 29 and send well wishes to our own Mrs. Texas, Kayla Wharton!

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