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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.

Dress For Success Dallas Serves 500th Client For 2012

On December 10, Sandra Johnson announced to the Dress for Success Dallas board that the organization had just suited their 500th client for the year. This is huge, as prior to Sandra’s arrival in 2010, approximately 160 clients per year were served. “Helping our ladies look and feel beautiful is the most rewarding work I can imagine,” she remarks. Starting out as a part time coordinator, Sandra quickly fell in love with the mission and clients at DFSD. “Sometimes our clients have been through a lot before they get to us. Having been laid off, I certainly understand the range of emotions that joblessness can evoke. I’m blessed to have found not just a job, but a calling.”

Holly Wittenburg and Sandra Johnson- Photo by Jay Davis

Holly Wittenburg and Sandra Johnson (Photo  Credit: Jay Davis)

Sandra’s background includes stints in fashion at Neiman Marcus, non-profit work at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and marketing at Uptown Dallas, Inc. These diverse occupations prepared Sandra for DFSD where she wears many hats as the sole staff person. Between suiting clients, recruiting partner agencies and managing DFSD’S volunteers, boutique, inventory and donations, her days are busy. “All the skills I acquired in past jobs are put to the best possible use at DFSD. Seeing a woman’s smile and ‘sass’ return when we find the right outfit for her truly makes my day!”

Board member turned Executive Director Holly Wittenburg says, “We are so excited about 2013 at DFSD- we are expanding and moving into a much larger facility where we will have a resource and training center and conference room that will allow us to serve more women in the DFW area. Additionally, we will be expanding our training programs and suiting appointments, as well. We have such wonderful support from the community and appreciate all our volunteers, sponsors and donors.”

With more women being served and all the plans for growth, DFSD is looking for sponsors for their two annual signature events, “Light the Runway”- Chaired by Kristen Fagelman, a father/daughter fashion show event in the Spring and “A Night in Monte Carlo”- Chaired by Dena Miller and Pamela Martin Duarte, a casino night event in the Fall. There are also opportunities to name a room in the new DFSD facility located in Valley View Mall.

Contact Holly Wittenberg at 972-392-9770.

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