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Annual Report 2016

Port Discovery is Committed... Mission As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. Our play-to-learn philosophy opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives.

Dear Friends, Port Discovery thrives on a very special audience. It’s a group that has a story. They may not be able to articulate it yet, but when they step through our doors we see them flourish. They may not yet see how they are part of our community, but when they enter Port Discovery’s world they know they’re accepted. Renowned educator Neil Postman once wrote that “children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” Port Discovery recently broke ground with a new program for the youngest and most medically vulnerable of these living messages: infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. Read on in the pages of this report to learn more about this innovative project and other ways that we have been inspiring curiosity and wonder in all children beginning at birth. Let’s keep growing a Port Discovery that will benefit all of the future generations who will live, work, and raise their families in our community. All of this work is made possible by you— thank you for supporting our mission every day. Hope to see you here soon! Sincerely, Bryn Parchman Dennis F. Rasmussen President & CEO Chair of the Board of Directors



A Groundbreaking Early Childhood Program Port Discovery is bringing the power of play to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Museum and early childhood expert Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen have teamed up—with special support from UMCH—to develop new ways to promote parent-child bonding and infant literacy development. The program, Mother Goose on the Loose: Goslings, helps parents navigate and respond to the developmental and emotional needs of their child in a difficult setting. During a one-hour Goslings session at UMCH, parents learn how best to engage their premature or medically fragile infant through activities that combine talking, singing, reading, and playing.

“He was born at 29-and-a-half weeks; two pounds, tenand-a-half ounces. I had no idea what he could or could not do, being so small.” -NICU Mom “It’s a parent workshop with singing, rhyming, and chanting—that really stimulates a child’s brain a little bit beyond talking.” -Summer Rosswog, Port Discovery’s Early Childhood and Literacy Specialist 4

“While the infant’s brain is developing— and we want to enrich that—we also have to know, when is it too much? When is it a day that maybe he or she is better off just resting?” -Dr. Brenda Hussey-Gardner, University of Maryland Children’s Hospital After participating in Goslings, one family began to pay closer attention to their son’s behavioral signals when they visited the NICU. They soon realized that well-meaning stroking and talking was sometimes too much for their baby, and immediately changed their approach based on what they learned during the group session. Parents are welcome to attend multiple sessions, and each NICU family receives a kit that includes developmentally appropriate toys, a special “indestructible” children’s book, and a link to download an album of sing-alongs recorded especially for Goslings. A huge thank you to the PNC Foundation and the Herbert Bearman Foundation for championing this project and providing essential funding support.

“I learned a lot to watch for, to tell me what type of day that she was having. I was seeing those signals before, like her being alert, or her telling me that she wanted to be left alone. But now I can know better what it means and how to deal with it.” -NICU Mom


A Place of Creativity... Recognition: Port Discovery was named as one of the 10 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Fodor’s Travel, selected as one of 25 Best American Children’s Museums by Early Childhood Education Zone, ranked among the 10 Best Museums for Kids by Tripping, and included in the Red Tricycle list of 15 Best Children’s Museums for Indoor Play.

Mrs. Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady, visits Port Discovery for a ribbon cutting

STEM Learning: Port Discovery was awarded an Explore Science Kit by the National Informal STEM Educators (NISE) Network as part of a Museum and Community Partnerships initiative. Museum staff used the award to create a new partnership with an area after school program and delivered a brand new version of Port Discovery’s Nanoscience Exposed enrichment series designed to keep children productively engaged during out-ofschool time. Visiting Exhibits: Fiscal year 2016 was bookended by two dynamic visiting exhibits: LEGO® Castle Adventure, featuring amazing medieval-themed LEGO constructions, and Heart and Seoul: Growing up in Korea, inviting visitors to “travel” to South Korea and experience some of the country’s sights, sounds, and customs from a child’s perspective. Play It Forward 2016: We were proud to honor Coach John Harbaugh and Lenny “Batman” Robinson (1963-2015) with Port Discovery’s 2016 Great Friend to Kids award. John’s perseverance, positive attitude, and unyielding support for his players during both good and bad times align with the character traits we impart on the “playing field” of our Museum every day. The words that Lenny lived by, “At the end of the day, did I make a difference? I hope the answer is always yes,” will forever inspire children and adults to live his legacy and help make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Coach John Harbaugh takes the stage at Play It Forward


A Place of Connection... Where You Can Find Us Community Centers Elementary Schools Preschools Head Start Centers Judy Centers Hospitals Libraries Nature Centers Community Events And, of course, our home at 35 Market Place! Key Partners Baltimore City Health Department Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore County Public Library Baltimore County Public Schools Enoch Pratt Free Library Howard County Public Schools Johns Hopkins University, Science of Learning Institute Kennedy Krieger Institute Maryland State Department of Education National Aeronautics and Space Administration- Goddard Space Flight Center National Federation of the Blind NISE Network (Nanoscale Informal Science Education) Towson University UMIGO University of Maryland, Baltimore University of Maryland, Baltimore County, School of Public Health University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Human Development University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Physics Our Audience Children from birth through age 10 Parents Teachers School Groups Civic Groups Scout Groups


Our Community Focus... Outreach Initiatives Museum on the Move – Interactive experiences for children and families visiting Port Discovery’s signature exhibits showcased at host sites in the community Museum on the Road – Offsite programs that take art, music, and STEM enrichment programming into schools and the community Port Discovery After School – Onsite and offsite programs that engage students from Title I schools in art and STEM programming Port to Port – Play-based activities for children and educational information presented at community festivals and events Access Initiatives Discovery Days, Discover ME Days, Be a Part of the Art Days, and Family Exploration Days – Inclusive programs for families and schools with children of differing abilities Family & School Access – Free and reduced admission for families, students, teachers, and chaperones who could not otherwise afford to attend Salute the Troops – Free and reduced admission for military personnel and their families Target $2 Family Fun Night – Reduced admission of just $2 per person from 4 pm to 8 pm on the third Friday of every month Special Programs and Events Countdown to Kindergarten – A city-wide initiative focusing on school readiness skills hosted at Port Discovery Healthy First Saturdays – Health related activities and information offered on the first Saturday of each month Play Within a Play – Interactive theater performances that incorporate STEM principles SuperKids Camp – Summer enrichment programming provided in partnership with the Parks & People Foundation


Port Discovery and the Community – Year at a Glance Served school districts in 27 counties through outreach programs and class trips

Ranked as a top five Baltimore cultural attraction based on attendance

Presented our NANO mini-exhibit to over 150,000 children and adults at host sites in central Maryland

Provided completely free admission to over 41,000 low-income children and their families

Developed 130 original workshops, programs, and performances for visitors, all included free with admission


Giving Annual Fund Annual fund donors give thousands of children the opportunity to imagine, discover, and learn at Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

(JULY 1, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2016)

Museum Explorers $15,000 - $24,999

$100,000+ Maryland State Department

Baltimore City Foundation

Bank of America

Monica Brandes and George F. Jones III

BGE - An Exelon Company The Herbert Bearman Foundation, Inc.

Carnival Foundation

Freeman Foundation

Renee and George Christoff

M&T Bank Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds Barbara and John Ripley

The Goldsmith Family Foundation, Inc.

T. Rowe Price Foundation, Inc.

Kiwanis Club of Baltimore City


The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, Inc.

The Citizens of Baltimore County

The LaVerna Hahn Charitable Trust


Ashley and Charlie Hatter

Imagination Builders $10,000 - $14,999

Individuals and Organizations

Helen Pumphrey Denit Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee The Harry L. Gladding Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999

Howard County Government and the Howard County Arts Council

Angela and Steven Celestin

PNC Bank

of Education

$10,000 - $14,999

$5,000 - $9,999

Allegis Group Foundation

McCormick & Co., Inc.


Discovery Makers

Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker The Orokawa Foundation George Roche

The John J. Leidy Foundation

Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation Maryland Soybean Board Laurie I. McDonald

The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer The Morris A. and Clarisse Mechanic Foundation, Inc. Foundation Nordstrom, Inc. Transamerica E.C. Wareheim Foundation

OneMain Financial Royal Farms

$50,000 - $99,999

Nancy and John Sasser

Sylvan/Laureate Foundation

Jay and Sharon Smith Wells Fargo Foundation

Creative Thinkers $25,000 - $49,999 The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation, Inc. Gordon and Joanie Stetz


Xerox Foundation

Play Partners

PD Friends


$1,000 - $4,999 Alex Bartlett Winnie and Neal Borden Combined Federal Campaign Donors Comcast Bill and Cathryn Corey B.J. and Bill Cowie J.S. Plank and D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation, Inc. DonateWell Ebay Inc. Foundation Joseph Feldman Kathleen and Jack Hardway Carim Khouzami Kinder Morgan Foundation Gretchen and Matthew Klaiber - In honor of Trynn Hogan Gay and Christopher Legg Lewis Contractors, LLC Jennifer and Jonathan Litchman Lois & Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund of THE ASSOCIATED The John P. and Elizabeth Y. McKinnell Family Fund Aris Melissaratos Northrop Grumman Corporation Mark and Joanne Pollak L. Jean and Robert Ryan Carole and Nicholas Samios Janet Marie Smith and F. Barton Harvey Carol and Stephen Spinelli Barbara and John Tachovsky Harry and Carey Thomasian University of Maryland, Baltimore Venable LLP Foundation W.R. Grace & Co. Michele L. Whelley Anonymous

$250 - $499

Up to $99.00

Robert H. Ball

Margaret and Christopher Allen

Sandra Gordon and Jerome Berenholtz Pamela Collins

Bonnie and Gary Ballard In honor of Benjamin Ballard

Aimee and Mark Fulchino

Krista Belick

Gina and Daniel Hirschhorn

Elizabeth A. Benner

Shirley L. Isaacs

Gail and Peter Blauvelt

Barbara and Robert Landau

Medora Boyle

Mary J. Miller

Denise Budnitz

Janet and William Palmer

Ronnie Buerger

Teresa Payne-Nunn In memory of Regina Payne-Francis

Kay and Douglas Corey

Port Discovery’s Guests through Contribution Box Donations

Shauna Davis

Cheryl and Richard Sunderland Sharon and David Tufaro Anonymous In honor of Winnie and Neal Borden

Nurturers $100 - $249

Erin Corey Daniel Decker Madeline Dick Ronald Ejanda Sarah Elliott James Engler Jacqui Foreman Harriet and Herbert Goldman In honor of Winnie and Neal Borden

Scott Adams

Cheynnitha and Thomas Hammock

Ellen Blaustein


Alice K. Bloom

Brian N. Jefferson

Brenda J. Bodian

Lisa and Ed Kay

Jeffrey R. Boyle

Chynna Keys

Michael Burke and Michelle Scoville

Evelyn and Preston Logan

Ricardo Cavazos

Jessica and Chris Lupold

Roberta and Andrew Cordova

Whitney Matthai

William S. Corey

Jessica McDonald

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Crouthamel

Mandisa McIver

Ellen and Jules Dorner

Kayleigh Michod

Event Network Customers

Levita and Errol Mitchell

Pamela O. Felton

Maria Mohlhenrich

Raina and Guy Filippelli

Karen and Kenrad Nelson

Jill and Ira Gansler

Karen Oluwole-Amos

Bruce F. Grau and Kathleen Bonsall

Kenyon Parson

Jane and Dennis Herman

Michael Phipps

Lisa and Jaime Johnson In honor of Mafalda Johnson

Matthew Poch

Sue and Alan Lake

Eilif Serck-Hanssen

Bonnie S. Copeland

Elizabeth McWhorter

Pavel Spirin

Dan Fulmer

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Midgley

Maria Tarmoun

Bob and Margaret Gabrys

Andrea and Jay Perman

Alison and Paul Trinkoff

Mary and Gregory Pinkard

Donna L. Usilton

Seth Sawyers

Allison Van Leer

PD Fans $500 - $999

Clarke and Mary Langrall The Matthew Korn and Cynthia Miller Foundation Suzanne Ricklin Barbara and Sigmund Shapiro Ellen Yankellow and Bill Chapman

Chona and Ryan Rizarri

Donald P. Seibert Kayla Smith Judy and Michael Spock Bonnie and Stuart Stainman In honor of Benjamin Stainman Eileen and Philip Toohey Lola and Thomas Wade Shelley and R. A. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Youngquist


Corporate Members

Play It Forward!

Armada Hoffler American Trading and Production Corporation Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber The Bozzuto Group Brown Advisory CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Constellation - An Exelon Company Corporate Office Properties Trust Ernst & Young Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc. Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates Legg Mason Global Asset Management McCormick & Co., Inc. Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore, Inc. Miles & Stockbridge PC OneMain Financial PNC Bank PriceWaterhouseCoopers Stifel T. Rowe Price Visit Baltimore

Our signature fundraiser raises money for family and school access programs and honors a well-deserving individual or organization with the “Great Friend to Kids Award.”

Matching Gifts The Abell Foundation Bank of America BGE - An Exelon Company Constellation - An Exelon Company McCormick & Co., Inc. T. Rowe Price Foundation, Inc. UBS

Hops & Vines

Our “fun”-raising event hosted by the Museum’s Explorers Council welcomes adults on a Saturday evening to explore the Museum and network while enjoying great music, hors d’oeuvres, and local beer & wine.


$1,000 - $4,999

$500 - $999

Up to $99.00

Brown Advisory The Columbia Bank

Breeden & Company Real Estate, LLC

Corporate Office Properties Trust

$1,000 - $4,999

Carlos Brown William Dorrance Jewell Juergensen Duane Norwood Shomari Taylor

Riverside Health

Stephanie McCormick


$25,000 - $49,999

Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates

$100 - $249

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

Mr. and Mrs. Peter V. Handal Ingrid and John Harbaugh

Karen and Andy Abrams Ms. Lyssa M. Balick and Mr. Kelric S. Goodman Steven M. Blair Christy and Matthew Bleach Darric Boyd Ronae and Malcolm Brock Allison and David Buchalter Marci and Read Carter Donna Cypress Julienne and Alan Edwards Dan Fulmer James Fulmer Mary and Thomas Giermek Catherine and Jerome Goldman Barbara and Mark Goldman Scott Goodhue Allyson and Jason Gordon Nancy Gordon Wendy and Benjamin Griswold Beverly Hoffberg Marissa Humphrey Patti Jefferson Edith and Herbert Jenkins Angel Kiskadden Stacie Kronthal Gay and Christopher Legg Paul Lingh Emily and Stephen Little Erika Mcmahon Anne R. Meredith Pam and Bill Minor Nan Mulqueen JeanneMarie Patella Dorian Royal Colby and Joshua Savadove Heather and Matthew Speicher Erin Stapleton Bridgett Tildon Frederica Vaughn Karen Williamson and Larry Russell Ryan Wilner

$10,000 - $14,999

Ernst & Young LLP

Heritage Financial Consultants, LLC Legg Mason Global Asset Management Lothorian Pools Susan Magsamen

Pandora Jewelry, LLC

Catherine and George McClelland

Jayne Plank

Faith and Thomas Millspaugh

McCormick & Co., Inc.

Molior Construction Bryn and Todd Parchman

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Mark and Joanne Pollak

University of Maryland, Baltimore


The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company $5,000 - $9,999 ASC Partners, LLC Baltimore Ravens Bank of America BB&T BGE - An Exelon Company Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc. Hogan Lovells Lewis Contractors, LLC M&T Bank Miles & Stockbridge PC Sharon and Joe Mirabelle George Roche John and Laura Shmerler T. Rowe Price Transamerica Venable LLP Foundation Xerox Foundation

Power Plant Live! Prime Building Advantage Christopher Ripley Nancy and John Sasser Patricia and Kurt Schmoke Michele Speaks and David Warnock Gordon and Joanie Stetz Beth and David Swirnow The Cupid Foundation, Inc. Eileen and Philip Toohey UnitedHealthcare Lisa Vogel and The Lisa Vogel Agency

$500 - $999 Alex Bartlett Laird Creighton Jeff Fialko Raina and Guy Filippelli Bob and Margaret Gabrys Sandy and Bob Hillman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt JMI Equity National Lumber Company Teresa Payne-Nunn Andrea and Jay Perman Harry and Carey Thomasian Barbara Trautman

$1,000 - $4,999

$250 - $499

Bay View Homecare

Meredith and Adam Borden Ann A. Boyce Robin and Thomas Bozzuto Capital Services Alison and Jonathan Dickey Heather and Andrew Fones Cindy and Dave Franchak Jill and Ira Gansler Carim Khouzami Shawn McLeod Mary J. Miller Mary Lynn Smedinghoff Tim Kenney Group Chris and David Wallace

Winnie and Neal Borden Leslie B. Borenstein Monica Brandes and George F. Jones III Brown Advisory Angela and Steven Celestin Cynthia Conklin and Robert Merbler Martina and Nicholas Dilks Ecosystem Investment Partners Susan and Michael Ford Mary and Harold Graul

Up to $99.00 Karen and Jason Black Teresa and Robert Cook Jim Crisp Zach Davidson Ana Goldseker and Sean Berenholtz Laurie and Matthew Haas Carey Harper Yale Hoffberg Watikqua Lange Jorge Lobo Scott Mcarthur Denise and David McKissock Erin McLaughlin Carolyn and Michael Meredith Laurie A. Moran Lauri and Christopher Moylan Stephen Moylan Lauren Mundell Nicole and Ryan Parker Nicole M. Soranf April Southard Tina Waldvogel Theresa Wiseman


Giving Gifts in Kind Professional Services

Ballard Spahr LLP Senator Dennis F. Rasmussen Other Services and Materials Argosy Café Astro Events Boutique Events BricknFire Pizza Company Clipper City Brewing Company Don’t Know Tavern Eric Energy FazaFam Family Jam Firaxis Games First Floor Graphics Harbor Park Garage Heavy Seas Alehouse The Kindersinger Life on Yoga Mountain Loane Bros., Inc. Magical Mats Maryland Productions Mr. Norman New Moon Theater P.F. Chang’s Rouge Fine Catering Superior Painting & Contracting Co., Inc. Tai Yim Kung Fu Wildlife Adventures These lists reflect gifts made toward our 2016 fiscal year and are complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge. To notify us of an error, please contact Matt Maher, Development Specialist, at Thank you for making a difference!




Operating Revenue and Mission Support Admissions, Memberships, & Programs Contributions & Grants

$ 2,351,169







Other Earned Income Total Support & Revenue Operating Expenses Program Services Administration Marketing Fundraising Total Expenses



Change in Net Assets from Operations




Board of Directors

Explorers Council

Bryn Parchman, President & CEO

Dennis F. Rasmussen, Chair

J. Bruce Chan, Esq., Co-Chair

Leslie Borenstein, Executive Vice President

Monica Brandes, Vice Chair

Jeremiah Albright

Rick Williams, Vice President, Finance

Aris Melissaratos, Vice Chair

Benjamin S. Ballard

John Shmerler, Vice Chair

Brian Berger

Mark Pollak, Esq., Secretary

Angel Connolly

Gordon Stetz, Jr., Treasurer

Elizabeth Greenblatt

Wendy Harrison

Alex Bartlett Douglas L. Becker Eric Becker Winifred C. Borden Angela Celestin Renee Christoff Bonnie Copeland William S. Corey, Jr. Daniel Fulmer Robert E. Gabrys, PhD John Harbaugh Kathleen S. Hardway Charlie Hatter Carim V. Khouzami Matthew Klaiber Clarke Langrall, Jr. M. Gay Garth Legg Jennifer B. Litchman Susan Magsamen Teresa Payne-Nunn John F. Ripley John W. Sasser Barbara Tachovsky Harry Thomasian, Jr. Michele L. Whelley

Marissa Humphrey

Michelle Winner, Vice President, Marketing David Berman, Director of Exhibits Magan Ruthke, Director of Guest Services Segrid Pearson, Creative Director Nora Thompson, Director of Education & Community Enrichment

Lydia Travelstead, Co-Chair

Daniel Kallaugher Thomas Kelley Maggie Kennedy Daria Lapshinova Melissa Malcolm James Pymm Sara Reznicek Mallory Shore Peter Winstead


As an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, Port Discovery Children’s Museum relies on the generosity of its donors to fulfill its mission to educate children and inspire life-long curiosity. Caring donors can make tax-deductible donations to support our play-based educational exhibits and programs.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 410.864.2656 Because Port Discovery Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization, your gift is tax- exempt to the full extent of the law. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by contacting Port Discovery, The Baltimore Children’s Museum, Inc., 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-727-8120. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401 for the cost of copying and postage.

Annual Report 2016 - Port Discovery Children's Museum  
Annual Report 2016 - Port Discovery Children's Museum