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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: Meal For the Minds Luncheon To Benefit Metrocare Services In Dallas

Kim Stagliano, Karen Lukin, Dena Miller, Dawn Nuefeld

Kim Stagliano, Karen Lukin, Dena Miller, Dawn Nuefeld (Photo Credit: Joanne Taylor)

On Wednesday, September 19, Belo Mansion hosted Metrocare Services’ “Meal for the Minds” luncheon. Formerly Dallas County MHMR (Mental Health Mental Retardation), Metrocare Services has been providing care for clients of all ages living with development disorders such as retardation and autism for over 40 years in Dallas.

Hand Painted Scarves at Metrocare Services Auction

Handpainted scarves were among the art work for auction (Photo Credit: Dena Miller)

This year’s keynote speaker was an amazing woman who has wriiten a book All I Can Handle, I’m Not Mother Teresa. Kim Stagliano is the mother of three girls with autism. With an entertaining sense of humor, Stagliano shared issues she and her family face daily, struggling with life with autism and her wisdom through experience navigating a society that isn’t always kind to those with disabilities. Kim is managing editor of ageofautism.com, the nation’s first daily online publication about the autism epidemic, writes for the Huffington Post, The Autism File magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News and FOX news.

It is reported that one in 88 children now have autism or a related spectrum disorder.

Ann Perry Treats

Lovely cakes by Ann Perry Treats for silent auction (Photo Credit: Dena Miller)

Hosted by the Metrocare Auxiliary and chaired by Jean Obert, the luncheon featured an Edible Auction with offerings from Dallas’s top pastry chefs and the sale of art work by Art Focus XC, an elite group of Dallas artists. Stagliano had especially kind words and gratitude for the events top sponsor, Whole Foods, represented by Karen Lukin. Kim recognizes that a big part of her daughters’ care starts from the inside. She says that what we put into our children is just as important a part of their treatment as the rest of it. She credits Whole Foods with providing the nutrition necessary for their health as well as the for the generous support of Metrocare Services that will allow the organization to continue their mission of assistance to clients with developmental disabilities.

The Metrocare Auxiliary has nearly 150 members who support and raise awareness for the agency. Contact Lindsey Zimmerman to join or call 214-743-1220.

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