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2013-07-09 07:35:16 - The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), a North Texas based nonprofit that supports thousands of nonprofit staff, boards and volunteers each year, has announced that the 13th annual A Night of Light presented by Atmos Energy will be chaired by former mayor Ambassador Ron Kirk and community leader Matrice Ellis-Kirk. A Night of Light will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Ambassador Kirk served two terms as the first African-American mayor of Dallas, as well as the United States Trade Representative in the Obama Administration. Matrice Ellis-Kirk is active within the business and civic communities, serving on a number of boards including North Texas Tollway Authority, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation and The Women's Museum. Ms. Ellis-Kirk is a partner with the international search firm, Heidrick & Struggles.

A Night of Light, an awards dinner benefitting the Center for Nonprofit Management, recognizes and celebrates nonprofit excellence in North Texas. Now in its thirteenth year, the event has awarded 69 agencies and individuals with $5,000 cash awards, a giving total of $345,000. Six Awards of Excellence will

be presented at the 13th Annual A Night of Light presented by Atmos Energy, and each winner will receive $5,000 unrestricted cash awards, a crystal award from Tiffany & Co. and a voucher for CNM services.

“A Night of Light stands out among all of the other fundraising events in North Texas,” said Sandra Doyle, Atmos Energy director of public affairs. “The event not only celebrates the excellent work being done across the nonprofit community, but also supports an organization that develops thousands of individuals every year who then drive great impact in our community. CNM is a tremendous resource for nonprofits and their partners, and Atmos Energy is proud to present this year’s A Night of Light”.

The 2013 Awards of Excellence finalists include:
Nonprofit of the Year: Communities in Schools Dallas Region; Dallas Afterschool Network; Low Birth Weight Development Center
Nonprofit Communicator of the Year: Children at Risk; New Friends New Life; Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Nonprofit CEO of the Year: Robert Alberts, Family Gateway; Sandra G. Chavarria, Communities in Schools Dallas Region; Lynn M. Davis, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year: Bart Bartholomew, Parkinson Voice Project; Christie Cahoon, Heroes for Children; Sally Crawford, Richardson Symphony Orchestra
Corporation of the Year: The Container Store; Oncor; Wells Fargo
Community Choice Award: Vote for your favorite nonprofit to win $5,000!

Tickets for the A Night of Light celebration start at $2,500 for a table of ten. Dress is cocktail attire. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tables/tickets, visit
About A Night of Light

A Night of Light was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate nonprofit excellence in North Texas. Now in its thirteenth year, the event has awarded 69 agencies and individuals with $5,000 cash awards, a giving total of $345,000. The event benefits the Center for Nonprofit Management. Visit for more information about A Night of Light.

About the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM)
The mission of the Center for Nonprofit Management is to strengthen nonprofits to enhance sustainability and maximize impact. Fulfilling its mission since 1980, the Center for Nonprofit Management expands its reach to help the staff and boards of more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations develop better management and governance skills through consulting and education programs. CNM develops great people who build great nonprofits working with great partners that, connected together, drive great impact in our community. Visit for more information on CNM.

About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country's largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas and provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. For more information, visit Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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