Sponsor Roundup: Week One

We launched ticket and sponsorship sales just last week – on November 13th – and the response so far has been amazing!

We’ve almost sold-out of early bird tickets (quick, get yours before they’re gone and prices go up!), and have had a number of sponsors generously sign on as supporters.

We’re sending a big, heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors from the past week and a half:

ReindeerRogers, Next Issue, & Fido
SnowflakeScribble Live, Kanetix, & InsuranceHotline.com
Gingerbread – Spadina Optometry & BNOTIONS
Candycane MitreBox UXDPrint Chomp, SRED Unlimited, HomeSav & Copeesh!

Are you thinking about sponsoring HoHoTO this year?

Why not hear what some of our week one sponsors have to say about HoHoTO:

Rogers has been a sponsor of HoHoTO since the event’s early days. We’re excited to be back again this year to support the Daily Bread Food Bank. As in past years, the Rogers Social Media team will be giving away door prizes to purchasers of an arm’s length of tickets. Stay tuned to find out what this year’s goodie will be!”


“Every holiday season reminds us of the spirit of giving. HoHoTO continues to be instrumental in rallying the startup community and raising money for the people who need it most. We are happy to help again this year.” – Michael De Monte, CEO, ScribbleLive


“At this time of the year it is important to give back. Printchomp members have been a part HoHoTO for years. It is so important to give back and try to take a chomp out of this ongoing problem.” – Joseph Puopolo, Founder/CEO, PrintChomp


“At MitreBox we know how lucky we are and recognize the need to help others. Sponsoring HOHOTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank is a simple and effective way for us to give back to the community.” – Andre Gaulin, Principal and Co-Founder, MitreBox UXD


“HoHoTO gives us the opportunity to give back to our local community and share the holiday spirit with some amazing people. Lending a helping hand is what the holidays are all about.” – Nick Hajicosti, Brand Manager, InsuranceHotline.com


“‘I’m hungry!’ – Who hasn’t heard that before? It comes when we least expect it, and it hits us hard. It bogs us down and pulls us back. As a result we fight; we fight together against hunger. No one ever said, hunger is of a specific class or of a distinctive demographic. We all get hungry, it’s bound to happen.” -Tm Mahdi, CMO, Copeesh!


“As a fledgling company, we know that it takes a community to make change, to grow and to excel. We believe that HoHoTO is a strong pillar in Toronto, and we love that it began as a conversation among friends on Twitter. The story sounds all too familiar. HomeSav started as a dream of three people, and through word of mouth, we grew! As we continue to grow, we want to give back to the community that fed us. It makes perfect sense that we give to a group that raises funds for Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, a community organization that is always in need of a helping hand—an organization that literally puts food in people’s bellies. Here’s to another great fundraising party!” – Alex Norman, CEO & Founder, HomeSav


“This is the 4th year in a row that SRED Unlimited has been sponsoring HOHOTO. It is very important for us to be and to feel like a part of the huge and wonderful community of Toronto. Many of the staff at SRED Unlimited are first-generation immigrants and can totally relate to someone who feels unsure of tomorrow and has to rely on other people’s kindness. People helped us in the past and now we try to give back.” -Dmitry Brusilovsky, Technical Director, SRED Unlimited


“The staff at KANETIX have long supported the great work of the Daily Bread Food Bank through food drives and fundraising lunches. Supporting HoHoTO as a company was an easy decision because it’s a natural extension of that ongoing support.” – Andrew Lo, CMO & CSO, Kanetix Ltd.


Convinced? Great! Head over here for more information about the sponsorship packages we have available, or shoot me an email at sponsors@hohoto.ca if you want to chat about sponsoring HoHoTO and The Daily Bread Food Bank.

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.