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Play it Forward 

Thank you for supporting Play it Forward 2019! 

Port Discovery's annual fundraiser, Play it Forward, was a great success thanks to our fans of play. Thank you to our sponsors, event attendees and supporters for raising funds to provide children, families, schools and more with access to the magical programs, exhibits and opportunities at  Port Discovery Children's Museum.  

Mark your calendar for next year's event, tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2020!

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Congratulations to winners of live auction and raffle items! 

Week in Nevis:
Surprise! We had two winners for this lovely item, which featured a Week in Nevis! The lucky winners will enjoy a stay in a beautiful 2,000 square foot villa featuring beautiful sea views.

Ravens Experience:
Congratulations to the lucky winner of the Ravens Experience in our live auction, and will enjoy lunch and tour of the Castle with John Harbaugh, pre-field game passes and tickets to a Ravens game, and golf at Caves Valley with club pro and Don "Wink" Martindale, Defensive Coordinator for the Ravens. 

Paul Reed Smith Guitar Factory Tour & Tickets to Stevie Wonder Concert
Wahoo! We're so excited for the winner of our live auction item, which includes a tour of the Maryland-based Paul Reed Smith Guitars' Factory plus two tickets to an exclusive concert by Stevie Wonder. 

$21K for Our 21st Birthday: Congratulations to the winner, who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Sagamore Experience: 
Kathy Christian was the lucky winner of this package featuring a one night stay at The Pendry Hotel and a Sagamore Spirit Whiskey Basket. 

Best of Baltimore Dining:
Gilliane Isabelle was the lucky winner of this package, which included $200 gift certificates to each of the following Baltimore restaurants: Azumi, Bygone, Loch Bar, Ouzo Bay, and Tagliata. 

Best Seats in the House:
Ron Howard was the lucky winner of the Best Seats in the House, and will get to choose if they'd like suite tickets to see either the Washington Capitals or Washington Wizards courtesy of Sinclair Broadcasting. 


Play it Forward 2019 was generously sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsors:

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

Party Toasters:

Justin Bakewell and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Party Animals

Ernst & Young • Jayne H. Plank • Sinclair Broadcast GroupUniversity of Maryland, BaltimoreThe Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Party Pals

ASC Partners, LLCBaltimore Gas and Electric CompanyThe Cordish Companies • Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc. • Hogan LovellsM&T Bank 
 Miles & Stockbridge P.C. •  George Roche •  Gordon & Joanie Stetz •  T. Rowe Price  

Party People

Allegis Global Solutions •  Howard Bank •  Ira Gansler and RBC Wealth Management •  Monument Sotheby'sPANDORA 
 Phillips Seafood •  PricewaterhouseCoopers • Xerox Company • Zolet Lenet and Fink Group at Morgan Stanley 

Media Sponsors

Baltimore MagazineThe Daily RecordI95 BUSINESS • 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, 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


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