Nervous about coming to HoHoTO? Here’s what you can expect

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I remember the first time I wanted to go to HoHoTO.

It was 2009 — the second year of the event — I was reading so much about this cool party coming up on Twitter. I was relatively new to Twitter, having just joined the microblogging site earlier that year.

I kept wavering back and forth about going. I knew people who were going. Some of the people who were going I didn’t know, but followed on Twitter. Did I belong at this event? I wasn’t so sure.

I didn’t go that year. In fact, it took me three more years before I finally stepped outside of my comfort zone and made my first appearance at a HoHoTo event. And I didn’t know why it took me three years to finally do it — I had so much fun.

Here are some of the highlights of what you can expect:

  • Catch up with old friends and meet some new ones: HoHoTO is referred to as “the party that Twitter” built, and it very much is that. I had a great time last year finally meeting some people IRL that up until then I had only conversed with on Twitter.
  • Make more of a difference: You can make a difference by bringing canned food with you to donate to Daily Bread. The more you donate, the more we can help.
  • Have a chance to win some cool stuff: Of course, we also raise money raffling off some awesome prizes. You can even buy raffle tickets online this year, making it even easier for you to come to the party and try to win something great. Past raffle prizes include smartphones, spa gift certificates and so much more. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s raffle.

So if you’re thinking about attending HoHoTO, but not quite sure, buy your ticket and come. Trust me, it’s the best party you’ve never been to.

Who belongs at HoHoTO? You do!

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 When HoHoTO began in 2008, its first attendees were mainly from the technology and startup communities.

Being “the party that Twitter built,” it just made sense. After all, Twitter at that point was only a couple of years old, and early adopters to the microblogging site were mainly focused in those communities.

But as HoHoTO has grown over the years, so has its attendee base. Nowadays, you’re still likely to see the folks from the startup and technology worlds, but you’re also likely to see people from communications, the social media sphere, and people just out to do a good deed and raise some money for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Since 2008, HoHoTO has raised more than $285,000 for Daily Bread. With your help, this year we can push that number to more than $300,000, and help some families in need this holiday season.

Not sure if you fit into the HoHoTO bucket? Don’t be shy, come out anyway! To ensure you have a great time, grab a bunch of your friends and buy a fistful of tickets. Coming with an entourage is definitely a way to make sure people you know are there.

But being that this is a social event, the other great way to scope out the guest list is to check out the #HoHoTO hashtag on Twitter and chat with other people who are coming (who you may not even know yet)!

We’ll see you on December 19!

Give a Little, Get a Lot: Sponsor HoHoTO Today!

You’ve heard about HoHoTO before – or maybe you’ve attended in the past – and now you’re sitting there thinking, “how can I help make HoHoTO awesome?”

Well, we’re glad you asked!

Sponsoring HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank is one of the best ways you can spread the holiday cheer this season. When you sponsor HoHoTO, you’re actually making a donation straight to the Daily Bread Food Bank, which in turn uses the funds to help feed hungry Torontonians.

The reality of hunger in Canada is sobering – in Toronto alone, more than a million visits were made to food banks last year (and use of food banks has increased 23% on a national level since 2008).

Hunger in our city is real, and it’s a result of a lack of money, not a lack of food.

Since 2008, we've raised over $285,000

Our sponsorship packages start at just $250, and we have a variety of donation levels available. There’s something to suit every business’ budget and plan, and you’ll even get a tax receipt from The Daily Bread Food Bank for your donation.

In addition, you’ll receive a few tickets to the event and drinks with every sponsorship package, but more importantly you get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes along with doing something really awesome to give back to your community. We’ll also sing your company’s praises from the rooftops (and on our site and at the event), meaning the HoHoTO community near and far will hear just how awesome you are, too.

And if you’re not a business owner? There’s still tons of ways you can help:

  • Talk to your employer and see if they’re interested in sponsoring HoHoTO
  • Get together with a group of friends and pitch in to make a donation
  • Hold a food drive at your work – we can help arrange pick up for the items you collect
  • Tell everyone you know about HoHoTO, and encourage them to attend this years event

If you’re interested in sponsoring, please check out our 2013 sponsorship package for more info, or give me a shout by emailing sponsors@hohoto.ca to get the ball rolling.

After all, without the generous support of our sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to pull off an event like HoHoTO.