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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.

2013 Texas Trailblazer Awards Announcement Party

TxTrailblazersAnncmtAtGoss_InvitationThe Texas Trailblazer Awards Announcement Party will be held at Goss Galleries on Thursday, November 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. A unique part of this event is the gallery-wide installation of artworks created by the Family Place clients and supporters. These original one-of-a-kind pieces (oils, mixed media, acrylics, sculpture) fill the gallery and are for sale, all to benefit the Family Place. Almost all were sold last year.

Barbara and Steve Durham, along with their daughter and her husband, Julie and Steve Rado, are chairing the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon Be The Connection To End Abuse on September 26. Sheila and Jody Grant are honorary chairs. The luncheon’s featured speaker is Cynthia Lowen, writer and producer of “Bully,” the first feature documentary exposing the hidden lives of bullied children. Come and be among the first to find out who the Texas Trailblazer Awards will be going to this year!

The annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon recognizes Dallas’ most outstanding leaders. Since its inception, The Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon has been recognized as a premier event in the Dallas community.

  •  The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award recognizes a local woman who has achieved significant success despite the obstacles she has faced along the way. She is a woman who has accomplished a “first” and opened the doors of opportunity for other women. She has made significant contributions either in her community, business or profession. No matter what her accomplishments, however, she is a woman who has blazed a trail for others to follow.
  • The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award recognizes a man or woman who contributes to the quality of life in our community without reward or recognition. This individual embodies a positive spirit, and works tirelessly and humbly to help others. He or she demonstrates initiative and goes above and beyond the call of duty to make North Texas a better place.
  • The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities. They have participated in The Family Place Students Be Project Program for a minimum of one year, acting as mentors to educate their peers about healthy InvitationCover elationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.
  • The Family Place Advocacy Award recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in furthering the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of women and children victims of family violence in North Texas. By providing generous financial and volunteer support and promoting awareness with employees, associates and peers, the Advocacy Award recipient is a strong voice speaking out for victims of family violence to improve our community’s response to their critical needs.

The Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon is generally comprised of 600+ corporate sponsors, philanthropists, media, table hosts and accomplished men and women in the North Texas community.  The event raises funds to support the comprehensive programs of The Family Place and ensure that life-saving services will be available to women victims and their innocent children for years to come.

WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2013
VIP Reception at 11 a.m.
Check in begins at 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon at noon.

Omni Hotel Downtown Dallas
555 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX  75202

TICKETS:  $125 per person
Please click here to purchase tickets.

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