Play It Foward!

Join Port Discovery for our annual
Play it Forward Gala!

Ride the rails of adventure at our signature fundraiser featuring fabulous food and fun activities with all the bells and whistles.

Honoring Dr. Jay Perman, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore with the Great Friend to Kids Award

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6PM - 10PM
35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202

Purchase Tickets:
Tickets: $95 per person

$45 of each ticket purchased is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. This is an event for Adults 21 & Over.

Tables: Become a PD 10 Friend for $1,500.
You'll receive reserved seats for 10, acknowledgement at the event and in the program.
Your purchase will also support Museum access for 25 children from economically challenged communities.

Purchase Tickets:

Attire: Business Casual
Parking: $10 at the Harbor Park Garage (corner of Lombard Street & Market Place)


6:00 PM

Enjoy cocktails and appetizers and train-themed activities with all the bells and whistles.
Food and beverage stations: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Floors
Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails Exhibit: 3rd Floor

7:30 PM

Dinner and Juggling with “Ringmaster Greg May"
Great Friend to Kids Award Presentation
Honoring Dr. Jay Perman, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Atrium, 1st Floor

8:30 PM Dessert, Coffee and museum exploration

Step Right Up for A Chance to Win

Raffle Tickets for the 12 Date Nights/Charm Yourself/Booze Caboose/Sports Package are $20/each or 6 for $100.
Winners announced 30 minutes after program ends.

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Choo-choo to New York City:
Win two tickets to a June  14th  evening performance of Hamilton. Plus win train travel to and from New York City and a hotel stay at Essex Hotel.

12 Date Nights:

Baltimore is home to some of the best restaurants in the country.  Win this package and you will receive 12 gift certificates valued from $100-$200 each, to restaurants including: Brewer's Art, Clavel, Cosima, Gertrude's, The Ivy, Parts & Labor, R House and more!

Charm Yourself:

Charm yourself into someone’s heart with this collection of jewelry from PANDORA, including a Hearts of PANDORA necklace, PANDORA’s classic elegance earrings, a ring stack and bracelet stack.

Booze Caboose:

A caboose chock-full of spirits and cheer.  25+ bottles of top-shelf  red & white wines, champagne, liquor and bar accessories.  

Sports Package:
Memorabilia and tickets designed for the ultimate Baltimore sports fanatic, including 6 tickets to the Orioles vs. Red Sox on April 22, an autographed football from Joe Flacco, an autographed helmet from Steve Smith, Sr. and four tickets to the last Ringling Brothers Circus, the Greatest Show on Earth

A very special thank you to the Play It Forward Committee and Port Discovery Board of Directors for helping to make our raffle packages extra special!

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Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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

Full Steam Ahead Sponsors
CSX Transportation | Ernst & Young LLP | Pandora Jewelry, LLC | University of Maryland, Baltimore | The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company | Stanley Black & Decker

Just the Ticket Sponsors

ASC Partners, LLC | Bank of America | BGE - An Exelon Company | Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc. | M&T Bank | McCormick & Company, Inc. | Miles & Stockbridge | T. Rowe Price
| Lewis Contractors

Ride the Rails Sponsors
Baltimore Ravens | Cindy Conklin & Bob Merbler | Coppermine Racquet & Fitness | The Cupid Foundation | Ecosystem Investment Partners | Ira Gansler and RBC Wealth Management | PricewaterhouseCoopers

About Port Discovery Children’s Museum & Play it Forward

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is a non-profit that serves over 265,000 children and caregivers per year.

Port Discovery is a unique place where children learn through play and exploration in an environment designed just for them. Supporters like you help ensure we can continue providing a bright path that fosters curiosity, creativity and imagination.

Jump on board! Your support from Play It Forward will:
•    Provide free and reduced admission visits for children from economically-challenged communities.
•    Help at-risk families improve literacy and parenting skills.
•    Honor U.S. military personnel with free and reduced admission.
•    Provide Museum on the Road community outreach programs.
•    Deliver nationally recognized exhibits and programming linked to learning outcomes.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) institution.


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