Toronto Foundation unveils "Hello and Welcome", one of the largest grassroots goodwill promotions the city has ever seen

TORONTO, July 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Toronto Foundation today launched a new program to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Torontonians as an army of smiling ambassadors to welcome the estimated 250,000 visitors expected for the 2015 TORONTO Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

It's called "Hello and Welcome". (

In partnership with the Toronto Star, Toronto Foundation will distribute wearable decals with the slogan "Hello my name is…"and a space to add your own name. 

It is a simple way to say to Pan Am/Parapan Am Games visitors:  welcome, we are happy you have come to our city.

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Foundation said: "This is a rallying cry to all Torontonians to show the world that we love our city and we love to welcome our visitors. I want everyone wearing the personalized decal that expresses our warmth and passion for this city." He added: "Success is 250,000 people going home and saying that Toronto is filled with the warmest and most welcoming people they've ever met."

The program will begin the first weekend of the Games. Be sure to look for the "Hello and Welcome" Ambassadors distributing the decals all over the city at key venues July 11thJuly 19th. Torontonians can also look for decals in the Toronto Star on July 10th and Metro News on July 14th

On Wednesday, June 17, more than 450 guests at Toronto Foundation's 8th annual Vital Toronto event at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio were treated to a sneak-peek of the "Hello and Welcome" program. The event is a celebration of philanthropy and community leadership in the city.

About Toronto Foundation
Established in 1981, Toronto Foundation is one of 191 Community Foundations in Canada. We are a leading independent charitable foundation that connects philanthropy to community needs and opportunities. Our individual and family Fundholders support causes they care about in Toronto and across Canada, through grants to any registered Canadian charity. We currently have more than 500 active Funds, including endowments and assets under administration of more than $400 million. A growing number of Torontonians support the Vital Toronto Fund, our community endowment that helps mobilize people and resources to tackle community challenges in innovative and inspiring ways. To find out more, please visit

SOURCE Toronto Foundation

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For further information: Media contacts: Marianna Ciappa, Communications Coordinator, Toronto Foundation, 416-921-2035 ext. 208 (O); Victoria Ollers,, 416 822-2288


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