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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.

Young Warrior Summer Learning Program Enriches and Uplifts Underrepresented Dallas Students

Gail Warrior at Choices Leadership Academy All images courtesy of Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation Photography by Kevin Gaddis, Jr.

Gail Warrior at Choices Leadership Academy
All images courtesy of Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation
Photography by Kevin Gaddis, Jr.

This summer, Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation  continues its mission to expand and enhance the education of 300 underrepresented Dallas youth grades K-7th with its 7th annual Young Warrior Summer Learning Program.

Since 2007, YWSL has provided students with STEM-based educational training and experiences which help them stay on par with their peers and reduce the learning gap often seen in lower-income students when they return to school in the fall. The program began on June 16 at all locations and concludes on August 1 with a tour and graduation ceremony for all students at the University of Dallas with keynote speaker, former Dallas Cowboy Herschel Walker. Distinguished by the Dallas Afterschool Network as “High Quality Summer Programming,” YWSL’s STEM-based curriculum places a heavy focus on math, science, engineering and technology, with a secondary objective concerning nutrition, leadership and civic engagement, and Spanish language integration. With its safe environment for learning, the program strives to help close the gap that a break from school leaves and provide students with the academic tools to become active citizens and positive forces in their communities. “The goal of the Young Warrior Summer Learning Program is to provide students with the best education possible by utilizing projects in the classroom and field trips to Dallas’ historical and instructive landmarks,” said Gail Warrior, Founder and Chairwoman, HOAW. “Students of all ages enjoy visiting museums such as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and we ensure that the curriculum is aimed at keeping students on par with their peers and academically motivated during the summer months.”

Since its inception in 2007, the Young Warrior Summer Learning Program has served nearly 1,000 students and has graduated nearly 725 students since 2011. Through continued support from PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, The Heloise Munson Foundation and BBVA Compass, the program grows and helps more children each year. HOAW has ambitious goals for the years to come, especially the continued expansion of the program into new neighborhoods. Expanding its commitment to YWSL, Equinox is hosting a Backpack Drive May 17 through July 25. Gym members and non-members are asked to bring in new backpacks to the Preston Hollow location. Donors will receive a free day pass and Kids Club pass for each backpack donated. The backpacks will be presented by Equinox trainers to the YWSL students during the August 1 graduation ceremony.

For eight weeks, students meet Monday through Thursday at the four YWSL Dallas locations:

– Choices Leadership Academy a Multicultural College Preparatory Middle School serving North Dallas area youth

– Hamilton Park Community Youth in Northeast Dallas in partnership with Hamilton Park United Methodist Church and City of Dallas Park and Recreation

– Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center at the Baylor Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, serving youth in and around the Frazier Courts community in East Dallas

– Saint Philip’s School and Community Center assisting South Dallas area youth




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