NASCAR fan Molly Moran wins 2023 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award


Molly Moran, left, poses for a photo with Brad Keselowski, right, before a NASCAR Cup Series race.
The NASCAR Foundation

The NASCAR Foundation announced Molly Moran of Walpole, Massachusetts, as the winner of the 13th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award during Thursday’s NASCAR Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

With the announcement, Moran secured a $100,000 donation to Comfort Zone Camp. This bereavement organization helps transform the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, primary caregiver or significant person.

“Molly’s work with grieving children is difficult but important,” The NASCAR Foundation Vice President and Executive Director Nichole Krieger said in a press release. “The relationships she builds with the campers at Comfort Zone Camp help them through the challenging time of losing a loved one. The $100,000 will help them expand their efforts into even more communities.”

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Additional finalists for the award included Darla Crown of Youth & Family Services in South Dakota, Jennifer Gage of GiGi’s Playhouse in Arizona and Sandy Stanley of City of Refuge in Georgia. Each of these organizations earned a $25,000 donation for their nominated achievements.

Moran began volunteering after her mother and grandmother passed away from cancer. Moran serves as a mentor for grieving children during camp weekends, attends community events to advocate for grieving children, trains volunteers, and organizes fundraising events.

Moran has been a NASCAR fan for over 30 years after being introduced to the sport by her family.

In its 13 years, the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has recognized 52 NASCAR fans who are dedicated volunteers working for children’s causes in communities nationwide. Over 515,000 children have been affected by the program, with $2.335 million contributed to children’s charities.

Learn more about The NASCAR Foundation’s programs, including the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and Speediatrics Children’s Fund, at www.NASCARfoundation.org.

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