December 2, 2007 - International League (IL) - Lehigh Valley IronPigs
(Allentown, Pa) -- After receiving more than 7,345 submissions from a total of 33 different states, the IronPigs announced that "PorkChop" was selected as the winning entry of a "Name the Mascot" contest that was held in conjunction with The Morning Call. The public contest launched following the unveiling of the IronPigs mascot on November 14.
"Normally, people are excited to put a face with the name; in the IronPigs case, it\'s nice to finally put a name with the snout!" exclaimed IronPigs Director of Community Relations Sarah Marten. "We received many creative and witty entries, but ultimately PorkChop made the cut."
The name \'PorkChop\' was submitted by 32 contestants and five-year-old Kylie Shimkus of Easton, Pa., was randomly selected as the contest winner. Kylie will receive a prize pack featuring 10 tickets to a future IronPigs game, select merchandise, the opportunity to throw a "first pitch" and a chance to meet the new mascot.
PorkChop can be described as a portly, affable IronPig wearing the IronPigs home uniform and jersey number 26 - the atomic number for Iron (Fe). He made his first public appearance on November 17 during an Open House at Coca-Cola Park.
The IronPigs mascot design was created by Plan B Branding, a San Diego-based creative ideas company specializing in storytelling and branding ideas, and produced by Sugar\'s Mascot Costumes, a leader in the mascot production industry.
PorkChop will be highly visible in the community and is scheduled to participate in the team's charitable programs and other team-sponsored events. He will also be the \'head swinertainer\' at Coca-Cola Park during all IronPigs games.
Season tickets, mini plans, kid\'s club memberships and group tickets for the inaugural season are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.ironpigsbaseball.com or by calling (610) 435-3001.