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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: 5th Annual Polo For The Planet To Benefit North Texas Food Bank

Guests of Arlene Wall enjoy their first polo experience. Photo by Julie Kay Harris Krause

Guests of Arlene Wall’s Grandstand Box Party enjoy their first polo experience at Polo for the Planet.
(Photo Credit: Julie Kay Harris Krause)

On June 8 the fifth annual Polo for the Planet event was held at Prestonwood Polo and Country Club. Produced by the Ladies Polo Auxiliary of Texas, this year’s eco-educational event had a twist to it. Polo for the Planet has been referred to as a “fun-raiser” as the focus is awareness for all things environmentally safe and friendly, rather than fundraising. This year the public was encouraged to bring donations of food for the North Texas Food Bank in recognition of the global conference on nutrition for growth sponsored by the UK and Brazil to fund a trilateral initiative to fight malnutrition in the poorest parts of the world on the same date.

The tailgate section is a favorite for casual families. Photo by Lisa Ingason.

The tailgate section is a favorite for casual families. (Photo Credit: Lisa Ingason)

At only $10 a person or a sack of non-perishable food items for donation, the price was perfect for a family fun day in the sun. Children enjoyed the bounce house and the complimentary Frisbees, given out by sponsor Toyota of McKinney. The “Green” Pavilion saw lots of shopping with vendors offering handmade items from recycled goods to chemical-free safe soaps, and organic foods and cocktails. Yes, organic cocktails! Veev Acai Spirit was generous with samples of  refreshing recipes made with the worlds first carbon neutral spirit. The Electric Car Company and Toyota of McKinney’s energy-saving Prii delivered the traditional champagne divot stomp to the field where the complimentary glass of champagne was topped off with a splash of Veev by LPA members Judith Aronson, Julie Harris Krause, Dena Miller, event chair Shannon Scott and Veev sponsor Sean Norris.

Prestonwood Polo Team with Vaughn Sebastian, Sain Joseph, Brent Mirkitani and Vaughn Miller with Ask Miss a Dallas Editor Dena Miller as Trophy girl. Photo by Lisa Ingason

Prestonwood Polo Team with Vaughn Sebastian, Sain Joseph, Brent Mirkitani and Vaughn Miller with Ask Miss A Dallas Editor Dena Miller as Trophy Girl. (Photo Credit: by Lisa Ingason)

There was plenty of thoroughbred action as guests gathered in the pavilion for the Belmont stakes live on flat screen right before the polo teams took to the field. An exciting six goal game was won by the Prestonwood home team. A “shoot out” to break a tie had Dallas’ own Vaughn Miller with two goals, Brent Mirkitani from Hawaii with two goals, and  Sain Joseph from the Dominican Republic with two goals and young Interscholastic player Vaughn Sebastian Miller had no goals. There are just two weekends of Spring Polo Season at Prestonwood with these amazing players before they move on to their next seasonal polo destination.

 

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