Celia Belt is the founder of the award-winning, Moonlight Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial and emotional assistance to burn survivors and their families. A burn survivor herself, Celia recognized the need for survivor care. Along with Henry Coffeen III, she started the Texas-based charity in 1998. Since then, the organization has helped nearly 10,000 burn survivors across the United States.
Celia oversees grant writing, program development, event planning and fundraising for the Moonlight Fund. She provides support to burn survivors and their families by visiting them at the hospital and hosting support groups. She also organizes and executes award-winning healing retreats for burn survivors and their families.
Before starting Moonlight Fund, Celia had a successful career in commercial and residential real estate. She also spent seven years as a national sales manager for food manufacturer VanHolten’s, where she was instrumental in product development and marketing.
In 2012, Celia was invited to speak at the Pentagon on behalf of Moonlight Fund when the charity was named the top nonprofit in the country and given the Fisher House/Newman’s Own Award for improving the quality of life of military members and their families. Celia continues to speak on topics that include the needs of burn survivors, nonprofit management, overcoming childhood trauma, and empowerment for women.
Additionally, Celia has been awarded the San Antonio Business Journal’s Women in Leadership Award. She was chosen as a mentor three years running for the Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday event. Most recently, Celia was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Originally from Rockford, Illinois, and now a Bandera, Texas resident, Celia has published various articles in prominent publications including San Antonio Medical Magazine and Game Trails. When Celia is not caring for burn survivors, serving on committees, or writing grants, she enjoys spending time with her adult children and her grandson. She has been an equestrian for many years and enjoys riding on her ranch.