Unless you’re a member of Chester County’s equestrian cognoscenti, you may not be familiar with Betty Moran, the proprietor of Brushwood Stable, a thoroughbred racing and breeding operation in Malvern. It’s the renowned stable that has produced horses such as Creme Fraiche, winner of the 1985 Belmont Stakes.
The fact that Moran may not be a household name in the county reflects solely on her desire to avoid the limelight, not the significance of her impact, county officials say. On numerous occasions, the county's movers and shakers, especially in the nonprofit arena, have lauded the longtime activist’s philanthropic efforts, and on Wednesday, the praise will continue in Philadelphia at the Loews Hotel.
There, appropriately on National Philanthropy Day, Moran will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the greater Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was nominated by the Brandywine Conservancy, where she serves as a board member.
A lifelong county resident, Moran attended the Shipley School, where she was a state champion squash player; she continued her education at Mary Washington College as a biology major. In 1951, she married the late Maxwell Moran, raised six children, became an accomplished foxhunter, and began a diverse career of community outreach that begs the question: When does this woman sleep?
Moran was a founding member of the Chester County Community Foundation and received the Jordan Award for Philanthropy in 2000. In addition to the conservancy, she has served on the boards of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, the Bryn Clovis Charity Foundation, Paoli Hospital, Community Volunteers in Medicine, Operation Warm, Home of the Sparrow, and the Chester County Food Bank, where she was credited recently with assisting in a dramatic turnaround of the now-thriving enterprise.
A grandmother of 15, Moran has also performed numerous other charitable functions, such as co-chairing a campaign for La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square, In 2009, she was honored in 2009 by the Salvation Army for years of service.