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TicketNetwork and Other Local Businesses Donate to HYPE’S Tons of Toys


[South Windsor, CT – December 21, 2011] – TicketNetwork and several other local businesses are working with Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) this holiday season to help make this year’s Tons of Toys event the biggest yet. Tons of Toys is an annual holiday networking and charitable giving event sponsored by HYPE and features live music and delicious food. Admission to this event is twenty dollars, or free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. All admission fees and toys collected are donated to local radio station 96.5 TIC’s We Are the Children Toy Drive, which benefits children in need from across the state.

Each year, in preparation for the event, HYPE reaches out to local businesses for donations that go toward a massive toy-buying spree. This year, TicketNetwork, the Greater Hartford Jaycees  and Webster Bank all made donations of $1,000 and several other local businesses gave $500 toward the spree. TicketNetwork went beyond a monetary donation and also filled a stretch limo with toys donated by company employees at their annual holiday party. The 166 new toys collected by TicketNetwork were dropped off by company representatives during Tons of Toys.

At the 2010 Tons of Toys event, HYPE collected a record-setting 950 toys, but committee members are looking to break that record again this year. The local business sponsors have already stepped up their 2011 donation by giving $2,000 more than last year, and HYPE committee members are challenging event attendees to do the same. 

Anyone interested in making a donation to this year’s collection can bring a toy to participating Big Y, Coldwell Banker, or Lia Car locations. For a full listing of drop-off location addresses, go to

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TicketNetwork® hosts the leading online marketplace for event tickets to concert, sport, and theater events around the country and the world. Through our vast network of websites, we connect buyers and sellers from around the country, with ticket inventory listings to more than 80,000 events worldwide. Our company’s flagship software product, TicketNetwork® Point-of-Sale, powers real-time ticket transactions through our Online Exchange, making it the leading innovative software platform in the secondary ticket industry. Our signature retail website is both Payment Card Industry (PCI) and EVSSL-certified, ranking it among the top secure sites for event tickets in the secondary market. TicketNetwork®, Inc. subsidiaries include Ticket Software LLC,, and TicketNews. TicketNetwork® was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in South Windsor, Connecticut.

About Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE)
HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) is an initiative of the MetroHartford Alliance, created in 2006 to attract and retain you talent in the Greater Hartford Region. HYPE hosts over 60 events each year, designed ti engage YPs in their 20s and 30s. Offerings range from personal and professional development workshops and seminars, to networking events and community involvement opportunities. The organization currently serves over 3,500 members. For more information, please visit or contact Executive Director Julie Daly at
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