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

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.

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.