With only three days to go to the best party that will feed thousands of hungry Torontonians for weeks to come, here are five things you should know.
1. HoHoTO Raffle
Come for the party, stay for the raffle prizes! There are tech toys, phones, wine, restaurants, singing lessons, and even a beer fridge! Just waiting to be won. We recommend making friends with the tallest person in the room: you get an arms-length of raffle tickets for $25 and another arms-length for $5 this year, as HoHoTO 5th anniversary special. You’ll have to be in the room to claim your prize. Get your raffle strategy on! Party and get your Christmas shopping done all in one magical night of fun holiday cheer.
Please consider bring food donations with you – we will have food bins set up and ready. Daily Bread told us that this year, food donations are more important than ever. Because food prices increased so much, even buying lots of food in bulk does not stretch their dollar as far as it used to. If you can, please pick up some baby formula, rice, canned beans, pasta, or tomato sauce on your way to this party. If you are running a food drive, let us know if there’s anything we can do to help, and how much food you got! We would love to feature your food drive on hohoto.ca – take some pics, too!
3. Photobooth is back!
Rannie @photojunkie and his photobooth are making a comeback, hosted by our santa sponsor Virgin Mobile. Rannie makes everyone look like they’ve got it going on; luckily, this photoshoot comes at super affordable PWYC or a $2-$5 donation. Virgin will mobilize to make it extra special. Basically, these are not your typical party photos – these are the pics you might end up using for all your social media avatars, and will feel proud tagging on Facebook, or sending to your family and friends. Weeks after HoHoTO, Rannie’s pics still rule over our Twitter streams as avatars – we are not making this up.
4. Tickets, Go Green and Pretty Frocks
Believe it or not, but we are not sold out – yet! Now is the time to grab your ticket – this is not the party you want to miss! And if you were wondering what to wear for HoHoTO, check out Rent Frock Repeat, who will donate 10% to Daily Bread with every single rental. Now, here comes the Go Green part: Got your ticket on your phone? That’s awesome, and it’s the fastest way to get in. Just show us your ticket, and you’ll get your hand stamped that special club stamp that takes a while to come off. Your memories could last a lifetime though.
Would you please take a look at all the fine and diverse companies that sponsor HoHoTO this year. Please give them love. Many of them stepped in on a short notice, many of them support HoHoTO for the first time, and many of them return year after year. That kind of generosity does not happen often, and when it does it really shows people in those organizations genuinely care about other people and want to give back to the community. The least we could do is thank them for stepping up! Read more about sponsorship opportunities – there’s still time to join HoHoTO as a sponsor.