Grab your HoHoTO ticket now and you’ll automatically be entered into our early bird draw!

HoHoTO is coming up fast—we’re less than two weeks away!

Celebrate this holiday with friends, colleagues, and Toronto’s fabulous Twitter community by grabbing your ticket today. The night will feature great sounds from our DJs (perfect for dancing!), an awesome raffle stocked with the best prizes, a chance to relax with a massage from Allison Greenbaum, a photobooth sponsored by JustEat.ca to capture your big smiles, and late night snacks to help keep you from turning into a pumpkin at midnight.

We need your help to make this night a success and help us raise as much money for the Daily Bread Food Bank as possible. With all proceeds from ticket sales going to Daily Bread, all you need to do is buy a ticket and help spread the word.

As an added bonus, everyone who buys a ticket by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 12th will be entered into our early bird giveaway! 

First prize: A 8″ Samsung GALAXY 3 Tab donated by Kanetix.
Second prize: A pair of VIP tickets, which include drinks and appetizers in our VIP section from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Third prize: A complete set of our 5 HoHoTO buttons will be given away to three lucky people.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket now!

No purchase necessary. To enter without buying a ticket, please write us a 500 word blog post on why food banks are important to you, and either send it to us at help at hohoto.ca or post it on your blog and post a link to it in the comments below. Thank you.

Hack memes for a good cause. It’s easy.

 

This is a guest post from Elena Yunusov, a past organizer of HoHoTO, who wrote this post and originally published it on her blog. It is reprinted here with her permission, and her request that we all make our own memes. My contribution is the image at the top of this post. You are welcome to create your meme and share them with us in  the comments, or on Twitter @HoHoTO.

Yes you can. Yes you can have fun and help the world all at once.

Every year for the last five years, I played for the team that organized HoHoTO, a holiday fundraiser for Toronto’s Daily Bread. We started it in 2008 when the recession hit, as a way to bring the tech/startup community together during tough times, and as a way to give back.

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So yeah. Guess what, the need for HoHoTO and giving back has never been more acute than it is today. 1.6 million Canadians used a food bank last year, and that’s 23% higher than in 2008, when the economy collapsed.

Wait. Let me repeat that.

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Mark December 19th on your calendars, people, and come to HoHoTO.

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HoHoTO is a fantastic party fundraiser for Toronto’s Daily Bread, where bubbles float in the air, people dance like they just don’t care, buy beer for strangers, and make new friends – helping the world suck a little less.

Lex's first meme caption all for #HoHoTO
Lex’s first meme caption all for #HoHoTO

You dance, hungry people eat. Tag your cat tweets, pics and memes with #hohoto, cause why not. The more people find out about the party, the better! Here’s that perfect moment of joy when you realize you actually have a reason to Instagram your cats and your food, cause every time you tag your posts with #hohoto, you help spread the word that hungry people need to eat and deserve our help. Ride the fun wave, and help others.

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It feels good to do good. All the cool kids do it! Well, you get the idea. Now, why not hack a meme! Tag it with #hohoto. It’s so fun, I just might make a Tumblr next.

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Finding and creating memes to caption is fun, and http://www.quickmeme.com/caption is as good place to start as any. Pls remember to tag your meme with #hohoto! Caption those cats. Cause cats are the future!

Why do we still do HoHoTO, after all these years? This is why.

Meme captioned by @gisuck

 

Another way to give: Pay for your potty mouth!

After you’ve bought your tickets or chosen to sponsor HoHoTO, there are still ways to bring more money to Daily Bread Food Bank. How about a swear jar? Here’s what to do.

1. Make the rules. Maybe it’s swearing, or maybe you have special words in your workplace that you’re not “allowed” to use – or maybe, you can pick the most common industry jargon and charge people for saying it, if you want to make lots of cash! You can assign monetary values, or make it pay-what-you-wish. You know your colleagues best.

2. Get a jar, or box, or container with a hole in the top! Label or decorate it, or make a big sign for wherever you plan to place it. Post the rules.

3. In some workplaces, the powers that be may appreciate your asking permission, so please do.

4. Be strict! Make people cough up. Let them know that the money is going straight to Daily Bread!

5. Bring the money with you to HoHoTO on December 19th. Bask in the glow of feeding people in need.

 

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Photo courtesy of Wendy Koslow