State Farm Named Presenting Sponsor of America’s Car Museum
TACOMA, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2012) – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has finalized an agreement making State Farm the institution’s presenting sponsor for 2012. The museum, set to open its 165,000 square-foot facility on Saturday, June 2, will be officially called “State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum.”
State Farm – ACM’s largest corporate sponsor – will collaborate with the museum on a variety of 2012 special projects, including the State Farm Theatre, which features a 360-degree movie screen located in the museum’s Collector Car Center.
“State Farm is one of the most well-known and respected organizations in the country, and we are excited to align ourselves with their culture of education, philanthropy and community involvement,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO, who, among other jobs in education, worked as a university vice president before assuming duties at the museum. “We’re expecting to attract around 400,000 visitors annually, and nearly one-quarter will be school-age children. Education is a driving force behind assuring our museum becomes a thriving learning facility and teaming up with State Farm fully supports this philosophy.”
“As the nation’s leading car insurer, it seemed natural that State Farm sponsor this unique and interactive facility,” said Tim Van Hoof, State Farm assistant vice president for marketing. “We are especially excited about the State Farm Theater, which will bring to life for visitors the history of the automobile and the spirit and passion Americans have for it.”
State Farm also sponsors the Seattle, New York and Chicago Auto Shows, where ACM has a strong annual presence. The two will collaborate on efforts at those events as well.
ACM’s $60 million campus is one of the largest auto museums in the world and projects to pump some $34 million into the local economy each year. It features a 3.5-acre show field, rotating galleries, meeting space, car storage, a café/restaurant, banquet hall and administrative offices.
Additional details regarding the grand opening and upcoming events at America’s Car Museum can be found at www.lemaymuseum.org.
ABOUT America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, set for a June 2012 opening in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit (www.lemaymuseum.org)
ABOUT State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 66,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts -- more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com or in Canada www.statefarm.ca
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