The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation was created in 1963 by Mortimer Levitt, who set aside assets to support music, dance, the arts, educational institutions, nonprofits with which he was involved, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. All it took was one visit by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation for them to know that Arlington was the perfect place for a Texas Levitt Pavilion. Local officials and dedicated community volunteers agreed. The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation committed $250,000 towards the construction of Levitt Pavilion Arlington as well as pledging annual support. In just a few short months, Arlington raised $1.2 million to make the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and Founders Plaza the crowning jewel in the revitalization of Downtown Arlington and a much needed community gathering place for everyone – all ages, all ethnicities, all backgrounds and all income levels.