The Greenville Little Theatre receives an extraordinary gift

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Allen and Suzanne McCalla | photo by Will Crooks

Greenville Little Theatre has received the largest gift in its 92-year history.

Martha Power

Mr. and Mrs. William Power bequeathed the theater $410,000. The money has been added to the GLT Endowment, which now totals more than $910,000 and is used to support the theater’s programming.

The GLT Endowment will be named the William and Martha Power Fund for Artistic Excellence.

Allen McCalla, GLT’s executive artistic director, said the gift would benefit the theater for generations to come. “Their legacy and love for the arts will certainly be carried on through GLT,” he said.

The Powers were longtime GLT patrons. After William Power died, Martha continued to attend GLT matinees with friends.

Martha Power, who died in April, was a graduate of Bessie Tift College and earned her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. William Power, who preceded her in death, was a 1929 graduate of Furman University, and a World War II veteran. They were members of the First Baptist Church of Greenville.

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