Skip to main content Buy Tickets

Play it Forward 

Save the Date -  Play it Forward is set for Thursday, May 14, 2020! 

Playce Your Bet on the Children of Maryland at Play it Forward 2020

Please join us for a magical celebration  – and a whole lot of fun!

Play it Forward 
Thursday, May 14
Cocktails: 6 PM   Dinner & Entertainment: 7 PM – 10 PM 

Cocktails | Dinner | Entertainment | Raffles

Tickets: $125 (On Sale Soon) 
Benefiting Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Help children win at life! Place your wager on PLAY and make an extraordinary impact. Port Discovery is committed to helping children succeed. Through purposeful play in the Museum, in classrooms and in the community, we help children and the adults in their lives learn, create magical memories, and build social, emotional, and cognitive skills that are critical to their success. But play can be harder than it sounds. poverty, neighborhood violence, and the demands of busy lifestyles sometimes mean children truly don’t have access to play
With your help, we can change that together. Join us for Play it Forward 2020 and support play, learning and access to play for the children and families in Baltimore and beyond.

Photo Gallery 


Play it Forward 2020 is generously sponsored by:


University of Maryland, Baltimore


Ernst & Young •  Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc. • Hogan LovellsM&T Bank 


PricewaterhouseCoopers • Zolet Lenet and Fink Group at Morgan Stanley 


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, President's Advisory Council, and Port Discovery Board of Directors for their support of Port Discovery and this event.

Play it Forward Committee

Justin Bakewell - Co- Chair
Ashley Hatter - Co-Chair  
Dana DiCarlo - Chair Emerita 

Bess Bosswell 
Edie Brown
Tracy Bumba 
Cindy Conklin
Donna Cypress 
Martina Dilks 
Dan Fulmer 
JoJo Gruenhut
Amy House 
Maggie Kennedy 
Gay Legg
Anne Meredith 
Michelle Mollica 
Robyn Murphy 
Hollis O'Sullivan 
Kara Ullmann

Port Discovery President's Advisory Council

Kurt Schmoke – Chair 
Anirban Basu 
Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D
Aris Melissaratos
Janet Marie Smith 
Michele Whelley 

Port Discovery Board of Directors 

Dennis F. Rasmussen, President
Monica Brandes, Vice Chair                                     
John Shmerler, Vice Chair 
Mark Pollak, Esq., Secretary 
Gordon Stetz, Jr., Treasurer 

Douglas L. Becker
Winnie C. Borden
Steve Canaras 
William S. Corey, Jr. 
Daniel Fulmer 
Robert E. Gabrys, Ph.D 
Kathleen S. Hardway 
Charlie Hatter 
Dana S. Henson
Anthony V. Imbraguglio
Carim Khouzami
Matthew D.  Klaiber
Chad Lane 
Clarke Langrall Jr.
Gay Garth M. Legg
Brooke Lierman
Jennifer B. Litchman, MA
Laurie I. McDonald
William Palmer 
Teresa Payne-Nunn
Brice Phillips
Christopher S. Ripley
John W. Sasser  
Barbara Tachovsky 
Morry A. Zolet


Back to top