Moonlight Fund Inc. Will Host Second Annual Gala To Reach New Fundraising Goal And Continue To Help Burn And Blast Survivors
San Antonio, TX, Sept. 8th, 2015 – Texas based charity Moonlight Fund Inc. will host its Second Annual Gala on September 26th, 2015 in order to raise funds and continue helping military and civilian burn and blast survivors and their families throughout Texas. The Gala, titled An Evening of Enchantment, will be held at the recently inaugurated Élian Hotel in San Antonio, TX and it promises to not only be a magical and elegant event but also an opportunity for attendees and sponsors to share in the Fund’s gift-giving legacy.
Sponsors for the Evening of Enchantment gala are Southern Wealth Management, Texas Community Bank, Global Fuel, Zachry and Penguin Suits. Donors include Americus Diamond, Rivers Edge Gallery, Antelope for Africa Safaris, Gunslinger, the Élian Hotel and many more.
“Last year’s gala was a success, raising $67,000 for the Fund’s programs,” said Celia Belt, Co-Founder of the Moonlight Fund. “This year, we have invited some of the many patients and families we have helped so donors and attendees can see the big difference their donations make in people’s lives. Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 so we can help more patients and their families and hopefully start the journey to expand our organization to more States.”
Iraq War veteran and famous author Shilo Harris is one of the burn and blast survivors attending the gala. He will be signing copies of his book Steel Will, which details his inspiring and difficult journey of recovery after being severely injured in Iraq. Harris’ relationship with the Moonlight Fund dates back to 2007, when he was a patient at the burn unit at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and met the volunteers of the organization during his recovery.
The Evening of Enchantment gala´s key note speaker is Dale Petroskey; former White House Assistant Press Secretary, former President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and current President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. When asked about the survivors who are also military veterans he mentioned that “these veterans who have fought for our freedom – and their families – deserve our thanks and support. I am thrilled to be invited to participate in the Moonlight Fund dinner and I look forward to September 26th.”
Additionally, the event will feature presentations by talented acrobats including aerialist Kristen Clingman and Spunshine Hoop Performers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a live & silent auction, as well as enjoy an art show and sale and a live musical performance by Stewart Mann & The Satesboro Revue.
Hillary Swindell, Administrative Manager for the Moonlight Fund, has been in charge of planning, designing and organizing the event. “My initial concept for this year’s Evening of Enchantment gala began in November of 2014. Since that date, we have been working daily on constructing an event that sets itself apart from others in the area. There are many elements to this event; my hope is that we will succeed in evoking a sense of wonder, enchantment and even nostalgia for some. Our annual gala is our largest fundraising event and crucial to our organization. I feel deeply honored to have designed an event to entertain and cater to our sponsors and supporters. Above all else, I am looking forward to our organization raising funds and awareness for those we serve. ”
About Moonlight Fund Inc.
Moonlight Fund Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1998 in San Antonio, TX by Celia Belt and fellow burn survivor Henry Coffeen lll, the staff at the Burn Unit at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and executives at Ernst & Young.
It provides financial, emotional and in-kind assistance to burn and blast survivors and their families.
In Texas alone, Moonlight Fund Inc. supports more than 500 people every year.
Moonlight Fund Inc. is the only organization of its kind, offering services from the onset of an injury, through rehab and on into the patient and families’ new lives. They have helped military and civilian survivors in many ways including paying for their medical bills, providing financial aid to finishing their college degrees, building and furnishing homes and most importantly providing a support system when they most desperately need it.
Guided by the principle “We’ll Measure Our Success… by the Lives we Touch,” Moonlight Fund Inc. focuses on maintaining operation costs at a minimum so the majority of the funds go to the patients and their families. In 2012, Moonlight Fund Inc. was recognized as the top non-profit in the Nation by Fisher House/Newman’s Own Foundation and is now working towards expansion beyond the State of Texas. For more information visit www.moonlightfund.org