Karen Moyer, Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year 2011
The Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year Award was given to Karen Moyer for her outstanding contribution in humanitarian outreach and improving the quality of life and expanding opportunities for children. Since the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award’s inception in 1979, 30 women have been honored.
Karen Moyer is a versatile woman who excels as an entrepreneur, mother, wife and philanthropist. In 2000, Karen and her husband, Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer, founded The Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to lead healthy and inspired lives. In addition to supporting organizations through grants, The Moyer Foundation created and funds Camp Erin, the largest nationwide network of bereavement camps for children and teens and Camp Mariposa, a camp for children affected by addiction in their families.
Karen’s efforts to improve the community stretch beyond her commitments to The Moyer Foundation as she also serves as a board member for numerous health and children’s organizations. Additionally, she is the owner of “Go Legs,” an indoor cycling studio in Florida. She also founded and runs Magnolia Baseball Club, a youth baseball organization whose goal is to develop young men ages 13-18 using the game of baseball as a tool for preparation in the areas of teamwork and life.
Karen is the birth mother of six children and the adoptive mother of two. Part of Karen’s “bucket list” is to experience mission trips with each of her children individually. Karen has already taken her two oldest boys on mission trips to Guatemala and Africa and recently returned from a trip to Honduras with the two oldest girls.
Read Karen Moyer's Acceptance Speech from the Pearl S. Buck International 2011 Woman of the Year Award Ceremony on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.