[UPDATE – as of October 09, 2013 a new group of organisers have risen up to #SaveHoHoTO – or as I like to call it HoHoTO: TNG – Dec 19,2013]
5 years ago 13 people connected on twitter and inspired a community to come together in 13 days and raise over $10,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank. We called it HoHoTO and we had a kick-ass party for over 600 in the process.
Corey Reid — “It didn’t take very much. Just Twitter. I was riding a bus down Dufferin street when I saw some folks I’d started following talking about getting together at the Drake to discuss this Christmas party idea. I just jumped off the bus and walked up to the hotel, walked in and tweeted something like, “If anyone sees the tall guy in cowboy boots at the bar, he wants in on HoHoTO.” That was all it took. That is sometimes all it takes to get started making a difference.”
In the 5 years since, the HoHoTO community – partiers, bidders, sponsors, volunteers, organisers and founders alike have enjoyed 6 parties (yes 6… don’t forget the oddly timed and sweaty hoHOTo summer event), 3 Hangover Auctions, countless photobooth poses and many high-fives over the almost $285,000 raised for Daily Bread to help our hungry neighbours and our community as a whole.
Rob Hyndman — “#HoHoTo was like a flash mob of generosity – over the years, thousands of people from our community came together spontaneously to support the Daily Bread, and to celebrate the season together. It was a marvelous demonstration of what your community can do when it’s determined to help out.”
But 5 years is a long time. We live and work in an industry and community where 5 years is a lifetime. Things change. Lives change. We change. Sadly, hunger doesn’t change though we wish it would.
After much deliberation, debate, countless tweets and emails, brainstorms and insights, the HoHoTO organisers have decided it’s time to retire HoHoTO.
We are honoured to be part of such a special community.
Thank you for the wonderful years. The giving. The sharing. The dancing.
April Dunford — “I loved that this event was fueled not only by a few charitable big companies but also by many, many small start-ups and individuals that dug deep and did the right thing for the Daily Bread Food Bank. HoHoTO was a success because of the giving spirit of the Toronto tech community. Ah those folks will miss my yearly calls badgering them for their money. Yeah, probably not.”
We encourage anyone and everyone to think of a way to blow HoHoTO out of the water and make a difference in any small or HUGE way you can think of.
We know this community is filled with ideas and heart, but we are here as sounding boards and will happily share our thoughts and guidance.
But HoHoTO is retiring.
Thank you from the founders & organisers of HoHoTO
- Leila Boujnane: CEO, Idée Inc.
- Alexa Clark: Founder & Managing Partner, Ellipsis Consulting
- Ryan Coleman: Applied Innovation Specialist, BMO Financial Group
- Duarte Da Silva: Senior Manager, Communitylend.com
- April Dunford: Founder & Managing Director, RocketScope
- Peter Flaschner: VP Strategy at Klick Health
- Rob Hyndman: Founder, Hyndman | Law
- Wendy Koslow
- Amanda Laird: Account Manager at Maverick Public Relations
- Rochelle Latinsky
- Sheri Moore: Partner, Creative Director, MCC – Moore Carlyle Consulting
- Alistair Morton: Creative Director, Partner, Peapod Studios
- Nicole Morton: Director of Strategic Development, Partner, Peapod Studios
- Michael O’Connor Clarke: Vice President, Digital, Media Profile
- Michael Penney: El Presidente, Afterlight Films
- Michele Perras: VP Strategy – Mobile, Klick Health
- Joseph Puopolo: Founder, Printchomp
- Corey Reid: Scratch Factory
- Ryan Taylor: Goldsmith, Adventurer, The Fair Trade Jewellery Co.
- Rannie Turingan: Photographer, photojunkie.ca
- Heather Williams
- Elena Yunusov: Founder, communicable.ca
Please share your thoughts, comments, and links to your HoHoTO experiences in the comments below. We’d all love to hear them.