Longtime Houston arts supporter and philanthropist Kitty King Powell has donated $1.5 million to three local performing arts organizations.

The Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony each received $500,000 from Powell, whose daughters announced the gifts earlier this month.

The gift to Houston Ballet is earmarked to help support the new Houston Ballet Center for Dance, which opened in April 2011; monies directed toward the Symphony are to be used for the orchestra's $15 million Sustainability Fund; and the gift to Houston Grand Opera is unrestricted.

"Our mother firmly believes that the performing arts, specifically ballet, opera, and symphony, are necessities for a great city," says Nancy Powell Moore, daughter of Kitty King Powell. "She is proud of the city Houston has become and wants to ensure that the performing arts continue to be an integral part of Houston's cultural growth in the future."

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