The Mortimer Levitt Foundation (MLF), created in 1966 by New York philanthropists Mortimer and Mimi Levitt, donates funds to support performing arts venues that build communities, support diversity, and enhance access to the arts. Mortimer Levitt, who had a long love affair with outdoor music, grew up in an era when almost every community had a Sunday afternoon concert on the village green. Enjoying outdoor music under the stars felt extremely magical to Mortimer. On his 90th birthday, Mortimer sold the company he had owned for 60 years and decided to replace his 82 custom shirt shops with Levitt Pavilions around the country.
Mortimer Levitt passed away in 2005 at the age of 98. The Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation lives on to support the Levitt Pavilions for the Performing Arts that Mortimer started over 40 years ago. His wife, Mimi Levitt, is now president of the Foundation and his daughter, Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, serves as vice president and develops the expansion of the Levitt Pavilion program. Levitt Pavilions can be found in Westport, Connecticut, MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, and Pasadena, California, Memphis, Tennessee and Arlington, Texas.