The holiday event that brings Toronto’s digital community together is back and this is your early reminder to keep the night of Dec. 1 free!
HoHoTO is in full effect with another community party from 8pm to 2am. This is all in effort to continue connecting opportunity, diversity and innovation-driven organizations with women, youth, and minorities who are passionate about entrepreneurial, digital and engineering pursuits.
HoHoTO began in 2008 with a call to arms on Twitter: Toronto’s digital mavens can do more for our community.
From that first event and every year that’s followed, we’ve fed countless Torontonians with over $350,000 raised for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
This year, impact and opportunity are our focus, as we bring the digital community together in support of organizations that directly affect beneficial change in our technology ecosystem.
Organizations with impact
Participating in HoHoTO year-round, beginning with this year’s holiday event Dec 11, 2015, are a number of organizations who are helping to drive opportunity, diversity, and innovation in the workplace now and in the future.
HoHoTO will be the hub that connects their efforts to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits.
This year’s participating organizations are:
YWCA Toronto with money raised going to YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre
Ladies Learning Code and their women & youth coding and technology programs
And we’re looking to bring more organizations on board to participate year-round.
HoHoTO is the best holiday party in Toronto, while also raising sorely needed funds for Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. An awesome raffle, massive pizza delivery, great DJs, and massage-by-donation are just some of the fun things we have planned for this year’s event; but we couldn’t do it without the support and generosity of our amazing sponsors!
Here’s what a few of our sponsors have to say about HoHoTO, and why they’re choosing to support us (and the Daily Bread Food Bank) this year.
Our Elf Sponsor, Nuscreen Digital, is bringing their whole team to HoHoTO for the first time this year, and Meg Button says she’s glad Nuscreen is able to give back to the community:
“This city has given so much to us as a company (and as individuals) that it’s only right for us to look for opportunities to give back. HoHoTO has a great story. It shows that an idea, commitment and community can make great things happen – we’re all about that kind of thinking at Nuscreen Digital. Toronto is an inspiring city with a strong sense of community. Hard times can happen to any of us – it’s important that we keep our feet on the ground and eyes open to what’s happening around us. Thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. The Daily Bread Food Bank supports food programs in our city and the organizers of HoHoTO have done a tremendous job raising funds for this organization and bringing awareness to this cause. Nuscreen Digital is proud to sponsor HoHoTO and support the Daily Bread Food Bank.”
Snowflake sponsor Hover says their team loves supporting creative projects (like HoHoTO!) that also help make a difference in people’s lives:
“At Hover, we find it profoundly important to support the Daily Bread Food Bank. The people of Toronto who rely on the Food Bank represent the forgotten, silent community who is hungry and struggling to just get by. There are millions of people – just like ourselves – who use the Daily Bread Food Bank to feed themselves and their families. We need to help provide the funding we can to help these people get on their own two feet, and HoHoTO enable us to do it. We love supporting creative projects like HoHoTO that help make a real difference in people’s lives, especially in our own community.”
Candy Cane sponsor Graham Rowlands, of TorontoCondos.org, says he loves supporting a great cause while also taking the digital conversation offline:
“My favourite HoHoTO memory was going to my first HoHoTO 3 years ago. It was awesome because I got to meet so many people that I chat to all the time on Twitter in person for the first time! I’m a big fan of taking the online conversation offline, and if I can support a charity like the Daily Bread Food Bank at the same time, it’s really a no brainer – this is why I’m supporting HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank. There are a lot of people in this city that can’t afford to eat all the time, especially around the Holidays. I think it is important to help these people to make the city a better place overall and because everyone deserves a good meal around the holidays!”
Feeling warm and fuzzy? We are, too! You can help us spread the love even further by becoming a HoHoTO sponsor yourself – take a look at our 2014 sponsorship deck or shoot us an email at email@example.com for more info!