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Play it Forward 

Play it Forward is Going Virtual

The children of Maryland need you now more than ever.

Join us for the virtual edition of Play it Forward and help make sure that children and families continue to have access to the magical play, learning, and wonderment that Port Discovery offers – at a time when they need it most.

Check back for updates as we switch to a virtual event! 

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Raffle Items

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Video Presentation 

Let's celebrate play, learning and wonderment together through a virtual cocktail hour! Join us on May 14th at 7PM and enjoy a virtual cocktail hour featuring a video presentation from Kai Jackson and other guests.

Play it Forward 2020 is generously sponsored by:

Trifecta Sponsors:

J.S. Plank & D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation, Inc.

 Lewis Contractors

Frontrunner Sponsors:

Ernst & Young
Sinclair Broadcast Group
 University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Grandstand Sponsors:

The Cordish Companies
Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc.
Hogan Lovells
M&T Bank 
Monument Sotheby's International Realty 
Pandora Jewelry, Inc. 
George Roche
George & Joanie Stetz

Trackside Sponsors:

 Ira Gansler/RBC Wealth Management 
Howard Bank
Phillips Seafood, Inc. 
Jayne H. Plank
The Quantum Group
The Zolet Lenet and Fink Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Media Sponsors:

Baltimore magazine
The Daily Record
WYPR 88.1


Provide Children with Access to Purposeful Play!

Every child should have access to purposeful play. However, playing is sometimes harder than it sounds – poverty, neighborhood violence, and the demands of busy lifestyles sometimes mean children truly don’t have access to play. Help change that by sponsoring Play it Forward! 

Your support of Play it Forward allows the Museum to:

  • Provide free and reduced admission visits for children in Title I schools, where many children face financial, emotional or circumstantial challenges. Help at-risk families improve literacy and parenting skills
  • Honor U.S. military personnel with free and reduced admissions
  • Provide Museum on the Road community outreach programs in schools, Judy Centers, Head Start Centers, and more.
  • Offer educational exhibits and events linked to learning outcomes.

Interested in supporting Play it Forward as a sponsor? Please contact Abbi Ludwig at or 410.864.2680 to join us as a sponsor of Play It Foward 2020! 


Thank You to the Play it Forward Committee for their support of Port Discovery and this event!

Play it Forward Committee

Ashley Hatter - Co-Chair  
Chrissy Ripley - Co-Chair  
Dana DiCarlo - Chair Emerita 

Erin Black
Bess Boswell
Edie Brown 
Tracy Bumba
Cindy Conklin
Martina Dilks 
Dan Fulmer
Amy House
Maggie Kennedy 
Gay Legg
Robyn Murphy 
Kara Ullmann

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