Can’t make HoHoTO? Donate!

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Hunger in Canada is a very real issue. Last year in Toronto alone, 800,000 people relied on a food bank – and 36% of food bank clients in the GTA are children.

While HoHoTO is a great way to help get money into the hands of those who can help the hungry, there are other ways to get involved, too! You can run a food drive, volunteer at the Daily Bread, or donate money/food at other times of the year.

And, if you can’t make it to HoHoTO this year, you can still help us feed hungry Torontonians by making a donation through us.

Besides the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with doing something good, any donation over $20 will be eligible for a tax receipt issued by the Daily Bread Food Bank. And if you didn’t know, that tax receipt means you can claim 15% of your donation (for the first $200 donated) on your 2013 tax return.

Even better, if you’ve never donated before, now is a GREAT time to start – new this year, the government is offering a First-time Donor’s Super Credit. If you (or your spouse) have never claimed a charitable donation on a tax return before (or at least, not since 2007), you qualify for this credit. This means donations up to, and including, $200 will be able to claim a 40% tax credit, and donations between $201 and $1,000 will be able to claim a 54% tax credit!

Pro tip: if you sign on as a HoHoTO sponsor, you’re also eligible to receive a tax receipt – and you don’t actually need to be a business to be a sponsor. Sponsorship packages start at $250 and go up from there, so if you’re interested in sponsoring get in touch before tomorrow night!

Raffle Rundown

We thought that you’d like to read about all the incredible prizes our sponsors have donated to the raffle. Please note that some of these items will end up in our fabulous HANGOVER AUCTION, which will take place on Sunday—more on that soon. And all of these items are subject to change, since not every single one of them is in our hands yet, and things always occur. But as we see it right now, these are the items we’ll offer you this week, in one way or another:

Late breaking!

    • Tech toys from Virgin Mobile Canada: two HTC 1’s and two Samsung Galaxy Cameras!
    • A Kobo Aura and a Kobo mini from Kobo!
    • AND EVEN MORE AMAZING STUFF

As you can see, this is an extraordinary selection of prizes…but you have to show up to win, so get your tickets—and buy some raffle tickets—now!

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.

Raffle Wednesday: Do your holiday shopping at HoHoTO!

If you’ve been to HoHoTO in the last couple of years, you might remember looking at some pretty amazing prizes on the raffle table.  You might have even won something…or a few somethings!  This year, the prizes are just as amazing – you’ll find some sponsors back for another year, and some new and different things.

Since last week’s post, we’ve added lots of new items, including:

– A Moto X from Motorola

– A wine package from Rosewood Estates

– A gift certificate for a massage from Allison Greenbaum – who will be on site at the party offering professional massage in exchange for donations!

– An Eco Living gift basket from Bullfrog Power

– Restaurant gift certificates from places such as Caplansky’s, e11even, and School

– A gift certificate for your choice of delivery from Orderit.ca

And even more on the way.  Get your tickets and pre-buy your raffle tickets now (you can buy more raffle tickets at the event, too) because you can’t win if you don’t go to the party.

So excited to see you there.