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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: Young Men’s Service League Dallas Hosts Taylor Horton Foundation Speakers

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Young Men’s Service League boys and mothers filled St. Andrew’s Methodist Church to capacity to hear the important message that Don Hooton had to share with them. Compelled to save other peoples children from the nightmare that became his own when his 17 year old son Taylor hung himself due to depression from anabolic steroid use, Hooton founded the Taylor Horton Foundation. Taylor was an athletic young man, who excelled in baseball, always making the All Stars Teams. By advice of a  high school coach, Taylor made the wrong choice of injecting himself with anabolic steroids, like half the guys on the team.  Boys and girls alike often turn to steroids to boost their size or strength.  What these kids don’t realize is that steroids are illegal for a very good reason-they are dangerous.  Steroids aren’t FDA regulated and users don’t know all of the ingredients they contain or the dangers to ones health and life.  Hooton has done his research and gave his audience a frightening list of substances found used in preparations of steroids as well as photos taken by DEA during raids of places they are made. One would expect a lab, but no, an unsanitary garage or non sterile  basement are where they are manufactured.

Don Hooten speaks to Young Men's Service League boys and moms Photo by Dena Miller

Don Hooten speaks to Young Men’s Service League boys and moms Photo by Dena Miller

One would believe that supplements found in your local stores would be safe. That is not the case. Special guest Leeanne Sparling was horrified when her son Michael, a private in the U.S. Army, collapsed and died from a heart attack at  age 22.  He was young and healthy, but a bit smaller than his two younger brothers. He was using an over the counter supplement called Jack 3D bought at his local health food store. Perfectly legal and manufactured right here in Texas, what mom would think a supplement could raise the heart rate and blood pressure so high to cause death by heart attack in someone so young? The NSF International is tasked with protecting and improving global health. Hooton advises parents to look for the NSF mark on all supplements. Supplements  bearing this mark are deemed safe.

Both of these parents are on a mission to educate students, parents, politicians and sporting leagues of the dangers of both steroids and supplements. Don Hooton  launched the Taylor Hooton Foundation with the single purpose of educating young people and their adult influencers about these drugs.  However, the Foundation needed exposure, funding, partners, programs and most of all the ability to reach kids—it needed to make an impact. The public relations/marketing firm BHPi  helped build the Foundation from the ground up.  A  partnership with Major League Baseball was made and with Baseball’s support, they provide educational programs with pro trainers and players in all 30 major league parks each season.  New York Yankees’ All Star, Alex Rodriguez uses the program as his flagship educational effort.  This relationship has helped to reach thousands of young people and helped Rodriguez carry his strong message to kids.  Working with the New York Yankees has provided educational programs for schools and youth organizations across the New York Metropolitan area.  Major fundraising events at Yankee Stadium have enabled the Foundation to reach out to tens of thousands more kids across the nation.


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