Forte for Children Donates More Than $45,000 to Moonlight Cultural Foundation in Vista

Forte for Children Donates More Than $45,000 to Moonlight Cultural Foundation in Vista
October, 2016 Client News

VISTA, CA – Oct. 24, 2016 – On the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, Moonlight Cultural Foundation received a $45,671 donation from Forte for Children, a nonprofit organization based in Vista that supports disadvantaged children in the community with an emphasis on music education and therapy. A Forte for Children representative presented the check to Toria Watson, CEO, Moonlight Cultural Foundation after a recent Moonlight Youth Theatre performance of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

“Through the generous financial support from Forte for Children, we are able to offer San Diego County youth the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills through meaningful, impactful hands-on experiences in a professional, and nurturing environment,” said Toria Watson, CEO, Moonlight Cultural Foundation.

“We do this because it is our privilege and responsibility to give back or as my wife Megan always says to ‘learn, earn, and return,’” said Jim Minarik, board chairman, DEI’s Forte for Children.

The donation will support Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s arts programs, including Moonlight Stage Productions and Moonlight Youth Theatre. Forte for Children, a Sound United & Directed Charitable Foundation, is a longtime supporter of the Moonlight, arts education and the well-being of underprivileged children. In 2013, the organization began implementing a strong focus on music education and music therapy programs. The organization is passionate for music and believe it holds a strong tie to academic achievement. Forte for Children strives to expose children to the arts to provide a gateway to success for future generations.

Moonlight Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 1974 and is the fundraising arm as well as the producing partner for Moonlight Stage Productions. In addition to providing funds for Moonlight Stage Productions, the Foundation plans and presents the Moonlight Youth Theater education program and also supports educational and community arts outreach programs. Community and financial support is essential to our mission to promote culture and diversity through theatre that unites the community. With financial, marketing, and program support from the Foundation, Moonlight Stage Productions is now regarded as one of Southern California’s most professional and mature arts institutions.

Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s sponsors include: Muriel & Hans Schiff, Forte For Children, Datron World Communications, Issa Family Foundation, Modern Builders Supply, Vista Valley Country Club, Gardenology, Cox, Scripps, Pacific Marine Credit Union, Atlantic & Pacific Management, ArtBeat on MainStreet, and Scatena Daniels Communications.

For more information on supporting Moonlight Stage Productions and helping to preserve the joy of live theatre for future generations to come, please visit, Facebook or call 760-630-7650.

Forte for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Vista, California, with a mission to support disadvantaged children with a special emphasis on music education and therapy. The foundation supports numerous beneficiaries, including The Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista; The Moonlight Cultural Foundation; Casa de Amparo; and Solutions for Change. It also supports The Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, Maryland.

DEI Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of some of the most respected brands in the consumer electronics industry. Its Sound United Division is the largest designer and marketer in North America of premium audio solutions (sold under the Polk Audio® and Definitive Technology® brand names), and its Directed Division is the largest North American maker of consumer-branded vehicle security and remote start systems (sold under Viper®, Clifford®, Python®, AutoStart® and other brand names).