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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.

14th Annual Polo On The Lawn To Benefit Café Momentum

Bon Affair ad, Bon Affair.

Bon Affair ad, Bon Affair.

Mint Juleps are the traditional Kentucky Derby Day cocktail,  and have often been featured in a variety of forms at Polo on the Lawns‘, north Texas premier Kentucky Derby Day charity event.  While Prestonwood Polo Clubs resident caterer Chef Frederico Vizcarro will certainly have mint juleps available in the pavilion bar, attendees will sip Bon Affair Spritzers during the traditional champagne divot stomp. Bon Affair spritzers are the healthier alternative to wine, says the brainchild of “winetreprenuer”  Jayla Siciliano.  After traveling often for business where lots of wine was consumed during business dinners, Jayla wanted a ‘lighter, everyday wine option that fit her professional, healthy lifestyle’. Her solution was Wine spritzers. She says the effects were great—she felt lighter on her feet, hydrated, and better the next morning. But bar-made wine spritzers didn’t taste so great.  Jayla quit her job to create a better, modern spritzer worthy of America’s awesome wine culture. Between MBA classes, she consulted beverage experts. The spritzers had to share her values—real wine, all-natural, zero added sugar. She added electrolytes for hydration. After four years, Bon Affair was fully realized—a red wine spritzer (Syrah) and white wine spritzer (Sauvignon Blanc).  With a product she believed in, Jayla went to the Sharks. On an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank she presented her pitch and Texas own Mark Cuban believed in it enough to invest. Bon Affair was first available in Southern California Whole Foods, Albertsons, Nordstroms, and in 43 states via Amazon, and can now be found in Texas at Specs, Total Wine, Albertsons and now Prestonwood Polo Club.

Café Momentum Executive Director Chad Houser, Polo on the Lawn Chairpersons Allyson Aynesworth and Dena Miller, Chef Eric Shelton. Photo by James Edward.

Café Momentum Executive Director Chad Houser, Polo on the Lawn Chairpersons Allyson Aynesworth and Dena Miller, Chef Eric Shelton. Photo by James Edward.

Big things Jayla says she wants to do with Bon Affair include “partnering with organizations to make a difference, inspire and help people live happy, healthier lives, spend more time outdoors with people and do good.” What better way to accomplish all of those things than to partner with the Ladies Polo Auxiliary at Prestonwood Polo Club and their mission of “raising  funds and awareness for women’s and children’s causes through the Sport of Kings- Polo! This years Polo on the Lawn beneficiary, Café Momentum   gives hope, job skills and life skills to young men assigned to the Dallas County Youth Village and deemed unsalvageable by society, trapped in a cycle of crime and punishment. Seasoned professionals, Executive Director Chad Houser, Executive Chef de Cuisine, Eric Shelton, and Executive Sous Chef, Justin Box beg to differ. They provide a culture of learning, while dishing up some of the most creative plates in Dallas. Join them for a unique Kentucky Derby day experience at the 14th annual Polo on the Lawn.  The family friendly event features Best Dressed, Hat, Picnic and Tailgate contests with prizes, Kentucky Derby simulcast on flat screens, live thoroughbred action with two polo matches, silent auction, bounce house for kids, and live music featuring Eric Reagan Dorton.

Best Tailgate winners last year, Katy Milarta, Leslie Brown, Christin Carter, Jody Banks and Michelle Wentz. Photo by Jay Davis.

Best Tailgate winners last year, Katy Milarta, Leslie Brown, Christin Carter, Jody Banks and Michelle Wentz. Photo by Jay Davis.

WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 3 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Prestonwood Polo and Country Club
525 Yacht Club Road
Oak Point Texas, 75068

TICKETS: $45 General admission. $100 VIP. Please click  here to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

Last years Best Picnic- Cindy Swinford (won Best Hat), Joanne Taylor, Judith Aronson (Picnic host), Allyson Aynesworth,  Jackie Dorbritz, Dena Miller Ann Jackson and Lisa Stemaly. Photo by Jay Davis.

Last years Best Picnic- Cindy Swinford (won Best Hat), Joanne Taylor, Judith Aronson (Picnic host), Allyson Aynesworth, Jackie Dorbritz, Dena Miller Ann Jackson and Lisa Stemaly. Photo by Jay Davis.

Guests watch the Derby simulcast in the pavilion. Photo by Jay Davis.

Guests watch the Derby simulcast in the pavilion. Photo by Jay Davis.

Sidro Olivas and Wyatt Myr. Photo by Lisa Ingason.

Sidro Olivas and Wyatt Myr. Photo by Lisa Ingason.

 

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