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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.

La Madeleine Donates More Than $15,000 To Help North Texas Families

Dallas-based la Madeleine Country French Café presented more than $15,000 to MakeAWay Charities at their Corporate Christmas party. The funds help provide assistance to North Texas families experiencing financial strain. The donation consists of la Madeleine employees’ personal contributions, which were matched by la Madeleine dollar-for-dollar.

“This is the second year la Madeleine employees have come together to support MakeAWay Charities,” said John Cahill, chief operating officer at la Madeleine. “Giving back to our neighbors in North Texas is very important to la Madeleine and our employees have demonstrated that commitment wholeheartedly with their generous donations again this year.” To date, la Madeleine has given $40,000 to Makeaway Charities.

Makeaway charities Executive Director Jay Hellwig and family

Makeaway Charities Executive Director Jay Hellwig and family presented gifts on Dec 14 at the Family Life Centre in Carrollton, Texas
(Photo Credit: Bryan Robinson)

MakeAWay Charities is committed to helping those less fortunate throughout North Texas. To date, the charity has helped more than 1,000 North Texas families in need, including helping more than 800 families avoid foreclosure and eviction. Donations allow typically self-sufficient families to stay in their homes, repair vehicles to transport children to school and commute to work, and not have to choose between keeping electricity or getting needed medical help.

“MakeAWay Charities understands the holidays are a difficult time for many in the Dallas/Fort Worth area,” said MakeAWay executive director Jay Hellwig. “With the help of our friends at la Madeleine, we are better able to answer the needs of hundreds of families.” MakeAWay Charities, a charitable nonprofit, was founded in 2008 to provide direct assistance to self-sufficient families in unexpected, temporary financial crisis and remain out of poverty. The nonprofit primarily focuses on assisting families in the local community, but also extends its reach in dire times, such as the disaster relief it provided with materials and volunteers after a tornado devastated the town of Joplin, Mo., in 2011 and Forney, Texas in 2012, and recently supported victims of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana.

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(Photo Credit: Bryan Robinson)


(Photo Credit: Bryan Robinson)

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