Three Days to HoHoTO!

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.

2. Food

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 beta.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.

5. Sponsors

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.

 

HoHoTO Virgin

Virgin Mobile just announced that they’re going to help the Daily Bread Food Bank feed a lot of people by joining HoHoTO as our Santa sponsor at $15,000! 

HoHoTO Virgin Initiation

If you are coming to HoHoTO for the first time, here are the 5 Rules of HoHoTO:

  • The first rule of HoHOTO is DO talk about HoHoTO – tweets are also cool with us, cause every time you tweet, someone gets to eat!
  • What happens at HoHoTO stays at HoHoTO. Funny thing, you won’t even remember what happened at  HoHoTO yourself when we ask you a year later. We wonder why!
  • About that dress code. There isn’t one. From glam dresses to ugly Christmas sweater, to your grandpa and grandma best, jeans and tshirt combo, to an elf costume – anything and everything goes.  Hell, you can even wear a wedding dress and we won’t judge! Especially if you sing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” – you may get extra raffle tix just for your panache
  • Get your smile on! Cause this year, you get photoboothed, instagrammed, and treated like the VIP that you are. VIP stands for Very Important People. And photobooth is PWYC, suggested donations of $2 or $5
  • Have fun and dance like you mean it! Let the bubbles rain, the music take you higher, get yourself some Molson, and please say hi to everyone.  Because often, people you know from Twitter don’t look like their own avatars!

Most of all, if this is not your first HoHoTO – introduce someone you don’t know to someone you know.  If you are a HoHoTO Virgin, we got one thing to say. Be mobile.

Santa’s little helpers: St. John Catholic Elementary gives to HoHoTO.

We received an amazing offer of support from St. John Catholic Elementary School in Toronto and we’d like to share with you. Guess what?! Even the kids are doing it. They are supporting HoHoTO. They are feeding the hungry.

What makes this even more special? Michael’s kids attend this school. Michael co-founded HoHoTO, and his commitment to making the world suck a little less – HoHoTO’s catch phrase that he coined – lives on. These kids are amazing!

“At St. John we believe that everyone deserves a proper meal, especially on Christmas. Food is a necessity that every human deserves. It’s unfortunate that families have to worry about where they will be getting food from. HoHoTO has provided many people with food for the past few years. We wanted to support the HoHoTO because of the great work that they are doing in our city,” wrote Mosana and Connell, Grade 8, St. John Catholic Elementary.

St. John students are organizing dress down days in hopes of collecting $250 in donations for HoHoTO. Surely if the kids can do it, you can do it too.

From what we get, we can make a living. 
However, what we give, makes a life

HoHoTO is just six days away. Here’s three ways you can help:

We’re looking for sponsors. Are you able to step in and be our Mrs. Claus ($7,500) or Elf ($5,000) sponsor this year? How about a Reindeer ($2,000) or Snowflake ($1,000)? Your generosity could be your best marketing and hiring strategy yet.

We’re looking for raffle prizes. If sponsorship is not in the cards for you this year, how about donating great raffle prizes to HoHoTO? Ping @alexaclark or try sponsors@beta.hohoto.ca.

We’re selling tickets. You party for one night, they eat for one week! Put this in perspective for a minute: $40 buys one decent dinner for two, or one movie outing for two. Maybe a t-shirt or two. That same $40 would feed a family for one week, and wouldn’t that be the best gift to give someone this holiday season?

Let’s come together to help the Daily Bread Food Bank — students at St. John are doing it with their jeans and hoodies. Can we count on you for support?

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