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Play It Forward 

Thank You for Helping Us Raise $225,000 for Maryland's Children & Families!  

Thanks to our community of donors, corporate supporters, members, and fans of play, we raised more than $225,000 to help fund PlayPacks filled with hands-on, educational toys that children can enjoy at home, deliver interactive programming in the Museum, in communities, and via virtual platforms, and bring more children to play - and play to more children! 

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Highlights from Play It Forward 2021

Interested in knowing more about what your donations and support have meant to children and families? Watch these highlights from our 2021 Play It Forward Event!  

The Magic of Play & Learning 


Announcing PlayMakers 

Full Play It Forward Video Recap 

Play it Forward 2021 was generously sponsored by:


J.S. Plank and D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation
Lewis Contractors


McCormick & Company, Inc. 
Sinclair Broadcast Group 
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


ASC Partners
The Cordish Companies
Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc.
The Houff Foundation/Ashley and Charlie Hatter 
M&T Bank
Radcliffe Jewelers
George A. Roche 
Gordon & Joanie Stetz

Role Model

Allegis Global Solutions
Ernst & Young
Heritage Financial Consultants
Howard Bank
Ira Gansler/RBC Wealth Management
Pandora Jewelry​ 
Phillips Foods and Seafood Restaurants 
The Quantum Group
The Zolet Lenet and Fink Group at Morgan Stanley

Media Sponsors

Baltimore Fishbowl
(cool) Progeny
The Daily Record


Monica Brandes and George F. Jones III
Angela Celestin 
Tony and Nancy Imbraguglio 
Mark and Joanne Pollak 
Gordon & Joanie Stetz

Provide Children with Access to Purposeful Play!

Let's make sure every kid has the opportunity to play, learn, and dream. Play is more essential than ever - it's how children learn, how they build connections, and how they engage with the world around them. But with schools closed, extracurriculars canceled, and a safe place to play closed, play is harder than ever. Let's change that. Make a donation or purchase a raffle ticket today and help us bring play to more children. Your support will fund PlayPacks filled with hands-on, educational toys that children can enjoy at home. It will fund interactive programming delivered in the Museum, in communities, and via virtual platforms. And, it will bring more children to play - and play to more children. 


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

Play it Forward Host Committee

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

Bess Boswell
Tracy Bumba
Martina Dilks 
Dan Fulmer
Christina Giffin
Amy House
Maggie Kennedy 
M. Gay Legg
Robyn Murphy 
Erinne O'Brien
Barbara Tachovsky


Port Discovery Board of Directors 

Douglas L. Becker - Chair Emeritus
Dennis F. Rasmussen – Chair
Monica Brandes – Vice Chair
Carim Khouzami – Vice Chair
Mark Pollak, Esq. –Secretary
Gordon M. Stetz, Jr. – Treasurer
Stephen Canaras • Holly Carnevale • Angela Celestin • William S. Corey, Jr. • Daniel Fulmer Robert E. Gabrys, Ph.D. • Randy Guttman • Kathleen S. Hardway • Charlie Hatter • Dana Henson Anthony V. Imbraguglio • Matthew D. Klaiber • Chad Lane • Clarke Langrall, Jr. • M. Gay G. Legg Brooke Lierman • Jennifer B. Litchman, MA • William Palmer • Teresa Payne-Nunn • Brice Phillips Thomas S. Pilkerton III • Christopher S. Ripley • Barbara Tachovsky • Jed Van Dyke • Morry Zolet

President's Advisory Council: 
Kurt Schmoke – Chair
Anirban Basu • Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D • Aris Melissaratos • Janet Marie Smith • Michele Whelley


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