Hangover Auction Sunday Night on Twitter – The Giving Continues!

NEW DATE JUST ANNOUNCED: New Year’s Day! January 1st, 7-9pm!

HoHoTO 2013 will feature one of HoHoTO’s favourite traditions: The Hangover Auction!

Mark your calendars for the evening of Dec 22nd, which will be when we auction off more AMAZING prizes via Twitter. The Hangover Auction includes great new prizes and any prizes left unclaimed from Thursday’s massive, exhausting, and wonderful HoHoTO party.

So if you still have some holiday shopping to do (or are looking to treat yourself!), here’s how it’s done:

Auctions start on the half hour – 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30pm. Bids must be placed using the following tweet format: @hohoto #LOT<lot number> $<your bid>  – <optional friendly note>. Here’s an example of bidding $150 for Lot 8 tickets for an HTC 1 phone (this may not be the actual lot number, schedule forthcoming):

@hohoto #LOT8 $250 –  can haz new phone please?

Times are based on twitter-clock. All auctioneer decisions are final. If @hohoto gets put into Twitter Jail by Twitter, auctions will continue on  @hangoverauction.

Some tips:

  • Watch for other competitive bids, and try to win your favourite auction lot!
  • Bidding closes firmly as the twitter clock rolls over to the next window (i.e. 8:29:59 bids will be accepted for 8:00 lots, 8:30 bids will not).

Winners will be determined by the highest bid received at or before the time the relevant bidding window closes, based on the Twitter timestamp. Winners will be announced by the auctioneer via the @hohoto Twitter account. The final decision of the auctioneers is FINAL (can we say final a few more times?  final final final)! No late bids or early bids will be accepted. No bidding via DM will be accepted.

Bids must include Lot  Number as hashtag. Bids must be in full dollars! Opening minimum bid on most items is $20 (higher where indicated); no maximum. Remember – every dollar goes direct to feed hungry people via Daily Bread Food Bank.

Any items not bid on by the end of their allotted 30 minutes may be withdrawn and re-purposed for other charitable ends. Prizes must be claimed in Toronto.

We’ll contact each winning bidder and arrange for payment and collection of your winning items (yes, we’ll need you to collect them‚ remember, the goal here is zero expenses, if possible. More money for the food bank that way).  Items must be collected within 1 month (preferably sooner), or they will be re-purposed for other charitable ends.  Payment by credit card is highly preferred but other arrangements can be made if necessary.

All proceeds, as always, to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.

So get your Twitter fingers ready!

Bring Yourself, and Bring Some Food Too!

Sponsoring #HoHoTO or buying tickets to the best holiday party you will ever attend helps us meet our goal of raising a boatload of hard, cold cash for the The Daily Bread Food Bank.

But food donations are also needed and welcome, so along with your party pants, dancing shoes and bag of cash for raffle tickets and drinks, please consider bringing some food to donate to our drive. Our friends at The Daily Bread Food Bank have identified some of the most needed food items.

They include:

  • Baby Food and formula
  • Beans in Sauce
  • Canned Chilli
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Stew
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned, Powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk
  • Cold Cereal
  • Dried pasta & tomato sauce
  • Fruit & Veggie Juice (ie V8)
  • Lentils
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice

As a rule of thumb, pick the food you know YOU would want to eat. There’s a handy dandy grocery store and pharmacy located across the street from HoHoTO party central if you want to pick up some much needed items in closer proximity to the venue. Our lovely volunteers will be ready with open arms to take your donations and anything you can bring is much appreciated!

HoHoTO tickets are on sale now!

Join us for #HoHoTo “the party that Twitter built” on Thursday, December 19th at The Mod Club in Toronto.

Want more details? How about? Awesome DJs, a cash bar, a raffle with fabulous prizes and lots of twitterluvvin’ – what more could you want? This party is for geeks, phreaks, webheads, twitterfiends, techies, media, marketing/PR types and ANYONE who owns a pair of dancing shoes! There will be boatloads of holiday cheer, plenty of beer – all for a great cause – The  Daily Bread Food Bank.

You party for one night – they eat for one week. 

HoHoTO Is Back! Help Us Support the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank

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You may have heard the story about how a group of folks came together over Twitter to organize a party called HoHoTO to raise money for the Daily Bread Food Bank. You may have also heard that after five years, HoHoTO was being retired.

We’re happy to announce that HoHoTO 2013 is a go! Mark your calendars for Dec. 19!

With the blessing of its founders, a new team of organizers made up of past volunteers, attendees, supporters and others who simply could not let HoHoTO end have come together to bring it back to the Virgin Mod Club for a sixth year.

Since its inception as a single tweet, HoHoTO has earned its stripes as a community fundraiser for a good cause, as well as a holiday party where you can meet tweeps IRL. Called “the party that Twitter built,” HoHoTO is often cited as one of the first examples of a hyper-connected online social movement which made a real-world difference. Since its founding in November, 2008, HoHoTO has raised almost $285,000 for Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.

We’re not an entity – we’re a bunch of people. We’re a community, not a foundation. We are the best holiday party you may never have been to (yet!), and a great way to help feed a lot of  hungry people.

So join us on Dec. 19, and help make this year’s HoHoTO the most successful ever in support of the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.

This party sells out fast and furious, so be sure to get your tickets (and a few for your friends!) as soon as possible. There are two ways you can do that:

1. Get your tickets NOW! Simple, right?

2. Sponsor HoHoTO and get tickets to use, give away, or raffle off with your sponsorship deal.

You  can also participate by getting creative with food drives, swear jars, and other fun ways to raise money for the Daily Bread Food Bank within your company, social networks and friends. Get your mojo on and prepare to bask in glory — it’s super awesome of you to be supporting a kick-ass holiday party for a great cause!

About Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities.

As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports approximately 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Its agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles.

Daily Bread is the largest provider of emergency food relief in the GTA. Its member agencies see a monthly average of 66,000 client visits and serve the majority of the clients accessing food bank hampers in the city and many of the clients accessing prepared meals. Daily Bread’s boundaries encompass the former cities of East York, Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke and York.

Daily Bread is non-partisan and all-inclusive. Its supporters come from every income bracket, cultural background, faith group and walk of life. Whether informed by faith or social justice, the one thing they have in common is the belief that no one in our communities should go hungry.