In the 1930’s Mortimer Levitt dropped out of high school to support his family. He founded a successful retail enterprise, and in the 60’s he created a family foundation focused on youth and performing arts. He built his first pavilion in Westport Connecticut and subsequently created an innovative and unique philanthropy program to help communities establish their own Levitt music venues. There are six Levitt pavilions today, from Arlington Texas, to Bethlehem Pennsylvania. All have played a transformational role in reinvigorating their host parks into a healthy “third space” serving the broader community.