Celia Belt is the founder of the Moonlight Fund Inc., a non-profit dedicated to providing financial, emotional, and in-kind assistance to burn and blast survivors and their families. Since its founding in 1998, the Moonlight Fund has helped tens of thousands of people across the U.S. with medical expenses, retreats, and ongoing support of all kinds. Belt lives in Bandera, Texas, on a ranch that is also home to her beloved horses and dogs. Belt's first book, REMARKABLY INTACT, was chosen as the best biography at the Indie Reader Discovery Awards in 2019. Her second book, Silent Warrior, is an account of her accident, in which she sustained a traumatic brain injury. It’s a must-have for anyone experiencing a life-altering injury or for those supporting someone in need of the best medical outcomes in this complex world of options available to us. Celia’s third book, My ValHalla, is the true tale of how she survived the betrayal of those she loved the most. A family member and a select group of burn survivors whom she had provided care for. The full account of a year-long struggle she endured to get her name, her assets, and her freedom back from those who ravaged her life and the lives of her family. Her story is one of immense pain, yet one of survival. As with all of her books, it’s not her story, it’s yours, she simply had the opportunity to tell it.
Celia is also a public speaker, addressing topics that are near her heart. Burn injuries, military issues, civil rights, and education for women. She has spoken at the Pentagon and a vast number of venues nationwide.
It’s the Wolf You Feed… The Wolf of Giving…Caring…Kindness, and Benevolence…Or…You can Feed… The Wolf of Loathing…Of Greed…Of Theft.. Hate, Cruelty & Ridicule… Which Will You Feed?
"My mission is to let fellow burn survivors know they are not alone. I want to offer a hug, a smile, and a heart that cares. It is crucial to educate the public about the needs of burn survivors and their families, as well as the lack of services available to them. We are here to care for burn survivors, their families, and those who have lost a loved one to a burn injury." Celia Belt- co-Founder, Moonlight Fund, Inc.
Celia Belt is the founder of the award-winning Moonlight Fund Inc., formerly a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provided financial, emotional, and in-kind assistance to burn and blast survivors and their families, with a heavy focus on this nations wounded military members. A burn survivor herself, Celia noticed the need for care and support for burn survivors throughout the country, and, along with Henry Coffeen III, executives of Ernst & Young and medical professionals, she started the charity in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas. The charity went on to assist tens of thousands of people and is no longer operating as a non-profit.
Celia oversaw grant writing, program development, event planning, and fundraising for The Moonlight Fund. Additionally, she worked hand-in-hand with staff members, attended monthly board meetings, and coordinated activities and meetings involving partners and sponsors. Celia also provided support to burn survivors and their families by visiting them at the hospitals, hosting support groups, and providing them with information and access to funding. She also organized and executed award-winning healing retreats for burn survivors and their families. Celia provided her services pro bono 22 years.