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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: 14th Annual Polo on the Lawn Celebrates Kentucky Derby, North Texas Style

3Color5thAnnualPolo_croppedWith big fancy Derby hats aplenty and Salado mint juleps in hand, attendees at the 14th annual Polo on the Lawn enjoyed live thoroughbred action on the 10 acre polo field, then gathered in the covered pavilion to watch the Kentucky Derby simulcast on flat screens.  The traditional champagne divot stomp was literally a “Bon Affair“, with Eric Dorton and the Ladies Polo Auxiliary pouring the healthy alternative to wine, wine spritzers with added electrolytes, as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank.

A plated dinner from nearby Prairie House, the area’s most popular restaurant, was served by Café Momentum interns to VIP ticket holders while they enjoyed a second polo match where Prestonwood Polo Clubs Polo School students showed off their talents.  Best Dressed Contests are a big part of this annual event and celebrity judges Dawn Neufeld ( Mrs. Frisco, former cast of Football Wives and the Broadcast, attorney), Victoria Snee (  author The Beauty Buzz, radio show co-host) and last years Best Hat winner Cindy Swinford ( Miss Texas Teen USA judge) had their work cut out for them. A dress to impress event, Polo on the Lawn guests really bring it!

Among the winners were Candice Taylor walking away with Best Dressed Woman and a gift from Bohemian Gems, Gina Marx and hubby will enjoy dinner at Eddie V’s and Best Hat went to none other than Miss Prestonwood Polo Club’s Ameera Swaidan who is thrilled to have Binzario Couture make her a custom chapeau for next seasons hat events.  The evening was finished with live music as Eric Reagan Dorton played blues into the night. Founder and executive director of this years beneficiary Café Momentum’s Chad Houser said, “We are not only grateful for Polo On The Lawn selecting us as their beneficiary, but also grateful to share an experience with our interns that they would have otherwise never been afforded.”

event chairs Dena Miller and Allyson Aynesworth with Chef Chad Houser. Photo by Sandra Morgan.

Event chairs Dena Miller and Allyson Aynesworth with Chef Chad Houser. Photo by Sandra Morgan.

Watching the Derby on mounted flatscreens. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

Watching the Derby on mounted flatscreens. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

A champagne divot stomp toast. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

A champagne divot stomp toast. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

A family picnic. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

A family picnic. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

Miss Prestonwood Polo Club Ameera Swaidan and her Outstanding Teen Amber Smith enjoyed fieldside dining and polo. Photo by Dena Miller

Miss Prestonwood Polo Club Ameera Swaidan and her Outstanding Teen Amber Smith enjoyed fieldside dining and polo. Photo by Dena Miller

Mary Burnham, Judith Aronson, Cindy Swinford, Wendy Devineni and Joanne Taylor are some of the ladies of the LPA that produce Polo on the Lawn. Photo by Dewayne Swinford.

Mary Burnham, Judith Aronson, Cindy Swinford, Wendy Devineni and Joanne Taylor are some of the ladies of the LPA that produce Polo on the Lawn. Photo by Dewayne Swinford.

Eric Dorton shares his knowledge of Bon Affair during the divot stomp. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

Eric Dorton shares his knowledge of Bon Affair during the divot stomp. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

Tiburon is the winning team, with Sidro Olivas, Collin Clark, Vaughn Sebastian Miller and Stuart Irby. Ameera Swaidan, Amber Smith and Bella Devineni presenting. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

Tiburon is the winning team, with Sidro Olivas, Stuart Irby , Vaughn Sebastian Miller and Collin Clark. Ameera Swaidan, Amber Smith and Bella Devineni presenting. Photo by Cindy Swinford.

Victoria Snee. Photo by Danny Campbell.

Victoria Snee. Photo by Danny Campbell.

Gina Marx and Vera Viviona Wang. Photo by Danny Campbell.

Gina Marx and Vera Viviona Wang. Photo by Danny Campbell.

Dawn Neufeld. Photo by Danny Campbell.

Dawn Neufeld. Photo by Danny Campbell.

 

 

 

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