Columbia Bank buys naming rights to LeMay Museum patio

Tacoma-based Columbia Bank today increased its financial support for the LeMay Car Museum by securing naming rights to the top-floor patio that overlooks downtown Tacoma and Thea Foss Waterway, according to museum CEO and President David Madeira. Named the “Columbia Bank City View Deck,” the patio will provide museum goers a view of the surrounding area and serve as a location for events such as receptions.

“This patio will give an absolutely stunning view of the city,” said Melanie Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Bank. “After the grand opening in May 2012, hundreds of thousands of people every year will see why so many of us are proud to live and work in Tacoma.”

The nine-acre museum campus, with its four-story, 165,000-sq. ft. museum as the hub, includes an expansive show field to host everything from vintage car events to rock concerts and drive-in movies. There will also be a gift shop, banquet center and cafe, an educational center/library and rotating exhibits using cars, music, film and photos for displays.

“With financial assistance from organizations like Columbia Bank, we’re on target to finish construction of the museum’s exterior in September and are anxiously looking toward our grand opening in 2012,” said Madeira. “As a non-profit entity, partnerships with local mainstays like Columbia, as well as support from businesses around the country, are going to help ACM become ‘a destination’ as well as a museum. In fact, we fully expect to attract more than 400,000 visitors during our first year and pump more than $30 million into the local economy.”

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