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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.

Governor And Mrs. Rick Perry To Chair 35th Annual Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste for Boys and Girls club

?????????????????????The 35th Annual Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters  presented by The Dorothea Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Andrea Harkins, Donor Advisor is pleased to announce that the Governor of Texas Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry will serve as the Honorary Chairs of this year’s premier food and wine event. Big Taste combines fine dining with premium wine sampling all under one roof , musical entertainment  by Trey and the Tritones, and a silent auction  featuring unique and exclusive items.  This popular event sells out well before the event date, so be sure to get your tickets now!

All proceeds of the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Barrett Martin Havran Little Steps Big Futures Program.  The impressive roster of participating restaurants is rivaled only by the wildly popular wine tasting portion of the evening.  The VIP Wine Tasting presented by NovaCopy offers countless varieties of wines for sampling. The Main Tasting follows and offers a variety of petite menu selections from area restaurants ranging from prime beef tenderloin, smoked salmon, beer braised short ribs, hand-made tortellini, grilled fish tacos and much more. Dessert offerings are just as delectable with gourmet bundt cakes, bananas foster and more.

 Winners of the event are selected by a panel of celebrity judges and by attendees. The “Best of Big Taste” award is the judges’ choice for best overall food at the event. The “People’s Choice Award” is determined by attendees who vote for their favorite restaurant via ballots. This year’s celebrity judges will be Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead and Kim Halstead; Amy Kushnir, TV host at The Broadcast and Foodie at MyTexasToday.com; Louise Lamensdorf, Executive Chef of Bistro Louise Catering; Bob Ortegle, Fox Sports Southwest Announcer and former Voice of the Dallas Mavericks (1988-2011); Lisa Taylor, Host of Wake Up with the Wolf Show on 99.5 FM the Wolf. VIP Wine Judges are Samuel Jason Huerta,  Pappas Brothers Steakhouse;Richard O’Neill, Jeroboam Distribution; Renie Steves, Owner of Cuisine Concepts; Ryan Tedder, Advanced Sommelier for Graileys Fine Wines.  Past winners and participants in the food portion of the evening include Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, MICHAELS Restaurant and Ancho Chile Bar, and the 2013 Best of Big Taste winner Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Texas Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry (Photo Credit: theepochtimes.com)


WHEN: Sunday, March 30, 2014

VIP Wine Tasting:  4:30 – 6 p.m.

Main Tasting: 6 p.m

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Ph. 817-535-6664

TICKETS: $125-$200. Please click here to purchase tickets.

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