Photo Advisory - Take PACHI Home for the Holidays

PACHI plush available at pop-up stores across the TORONTO 2015 Games footprint

TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) invites media to attend a special preview of the PACHI plush toy.

Media will have an opportunity to preview the PACHI plush toy and other official merchandise prior to the pop-up stores that open on December 7.

December 5, 2013
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

CN Tower (gift shop), lower level
301 Front Street, Toronto


Rosie MacLennan, Olympic, Pan Am and 2013 World Championship gold medallist
Tyler Miller, Paralympic gold medallist and Parapan Am medallist
TO2015 representatives
PACHI, the official mascot for the TORONTO 2015 Games

All participants will be available for interview immediately following the photo opportunity.

PACHI the porcupine is the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Games.

PACHI was originally designed by four Grade 8 students from Markham, Ontario, who scored 92 per cent on the school assignment that ultimately led them to winning the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge.

The mascot is a key component of the Games' identity and a playful way to engage a young audience and, at the same time, increase understanding of the Pan American and Parapan American Games.

About TO2015
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.

The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead Partner of the Games.

For more information about the Games, please visit

CN Tower
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SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information:

Carlene Siopis
Manager, Marketing and Communications
C: 647.206.0259