Sponsor Roundup: Week Four

We’re in the final stretch for HoHoTO 2013 – it’s officially less than one week away, and we’re busy, busy, busy, making sure this is the best holiday party in Toronto this year.

Awesome raffle prizes, drink samples, a VIP area, a massive pizza delivery, and massages-by-donation are just some of the tricks we have up our sleeves for the 2013 event – and none of it would be possible without the support and generosity of our amazing sponsors.

We’re thrilled to announce a slew of new sponsors that signed on last week:

Reindeer – TO Tech Wrap
Gingerbread – Mercatus Technologies
Candy Cane – Grossman Dorland RecruitingKnowledge Workers Toronto, O’Reilly MediaRocketWatcher.com, College Mobile
Pizza Sponsor – Panago Pizza (providing pizza to all attendees!)

There’s still one more week to get in on the action by sponsoring HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank. If you’re not totally convinced yet, check out what some of our recent sponsors have to say about HoHoTO:

“We are extremely happy to be supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank through HoHoTO. It’s admirable how the group has been able to rally our community around such an important cause. It’s very important for businesses to support their communities, and HoHoTO has facilitated that.” 500px

“Mercatus believes in giving back to the community.  HoHoTo provides us with the opportunity to support several important causes via the Daily Bread Food Bank including the supply of food for those in need as well as innovative and realistic solutions that will help people break away from poverty.   Mercatus is truly honored to be sponsoring HoHoTo.”  – Bohdan Zabawskyj, Mercatus Technologies

“O’Reilly Media’s support of HoHoTO stems from our deep commitment to support communities of technologists and entrepreneurs working to make the world a better place. We can’t think of a better way than to offer our support to startups, technologists, and designers who are truly ‘working on stuff that matters.’ ” – Jenn Webb, O’Reilly Radar Online Managing Editor

“We started sponsoring HoHoTO last year because we thought it was a great cause! We collect a small attendance fee from participants all year to cover our costs, and had a bit of money left so thought we would donate it to help people locally, since all of our membership is local.” – Stephanie Barnes, Knowledge Workers Toronto

“The reason we’re supporting HoHoTO is simple: We think its a great cause and helps many people.” – Chad Jones, CEO & Founder, CollegeMobile Inc.

“It’s inspiring to see what a group of dedicated and thoughtful people can accomplish, and the team behind HoHoTO is no exception. Panago Pizza is thrilled to contribute to this year’s event and support the dedicated work of The Daily Bread Food Bank. We believe in building strong and healthy communities, giving back, and working with others to accomplish great things.” – Christie Coughlan, Panago Pizza

We’re SURE our wonderful sponsors must have convinced you to join us in our mission to feed Toronto by now, so head on over to our sponsorship page to sign on, check out the packages we have available here, or email me at sponsors@hohoto.ca to chat about your company’s contribution.

Sponsor Roundup: Week Three

It’s officially December, and we are counting down the days until this year’s HoHoTO!

We’re just over two weeks away from the event – be sure to pick up your ticket ASAP so you don’t miss out (and if you do so before Thursday, December 12 you’ll be entered in our early bird giveaway!)

We’ve got a few new faces to add to our “nice” list this week, so we’re sending big thanks, warm fuzzy feelings, and ample HoHoTO love out to this week’s new sponsors.

Reindeer  DevTO
Snowflake – Homestars
Photobooth Sponsor  
JustEat.ca

If you’re not convinced to sponsor HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank yet, maybe hearing from one of our awesome week three sponsors will help:

“This year is DevTO’s 3rd year to support HoHoTo and we wanted to continue our tradition of supporting local charities such as The Daily Bread food bank. As you know DevTO gets a ton of support from the community and we feel like especially during this season we can also do our part by supporting this initiative on behalf of the whole DevTO community; including all our generous sponsors, venue providers, speakers and all our attendees. HoHoTO is proof that when people come together they can deliver something really awesome. We hope to see other organizations take HoHoTO as an example of how we all can support charities and communities in a tangible way throughout the year.” DevTO

Sounds like sentiment you agree with? Then head over here for more information about the sponsorship packages we have available, or shoot me an email at sponsors@hohoto.ca with any questions you might have.

Fundraising with a Costume “Contest”

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Traditionally, supporting HoHoTO has meant spreading the word, donating food, attending the event, or signing on as a sponsor. But the support – and fun – doesn’t have to end there.

If you’re looking for a fun, low-stress, and holiday themed way to fundraise for HoHoTO in your office, we’ve got you covered with this week’s fundraising idea: a costume contest.

Now, before you totally write off this idea as silly, this kind of costume contest might be a little different from the kind you’re used to seeing at Halloween.

First, pick a festive costume (like a full-on Santa suit, pillow belly and all!) and round up mangers who would be willing to wear the costume around the office for a full day in the name of charity.

Next, set up collection tins in your break room labelled with each participating manager’s name, and encourage employees to vote on which manager they want to see wear the costume by tossing cash into the tin. Whichever jar has the most money at the end of the week “wins” – and come Monday, the lucky “winner” will get to walk around in full-on festive garb for the duration of the work day. Be sure to also pin a sign to them to raise awareness about the event wherever they go – for example, “I’m wearing this outfit to support HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank!”

PS – If you run a fundraiser like this in your office, we’d LOVE to see the photos!