Mayoral Charity Fundraiser Raises $67,000 for Penrith Community Kitchen

Penrith Mayor Todd Carney with the Penrith Community Kitchen Volunteer Committee Members.
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The Penrith Mayoral Charity Fundraiser has raised $67,000 for Penrith Community Kitchen.

The Fundraiser, which returned last year, was held at St Marys Leagues Club.

The night featured spectacular entertainment, and heartwarming true stories, and was hosted by Australian personality Andrew Daddo.

Guests were wowed by the circus performances by PAWS Studio, amazed by speed painter Brad Blaze and danced along to groovy tunes by Dj Alejandro and saxophonist Orget Sadiku.

Along with the silent auction and raffle prizes, the donations to the Penrith Community Kitchen kept on coming throughout the evening.

With over 270 attendees enjoying the sold-out event for a very worthy cause, Penrith Mayor Todd Carney is extremely proud of how Penrith came together to help and support one another when times get tough.

“I was absolutely blown away by the heartfelt generosity of the Penrith community and its supporters, as every dollar collected on the night went towards keeping the Kitchen’s doors open to those in need,” Carney said.

“I want to personally thank each and every person, business and sponsor who has advocated and championed for the significance of this event and have chosen to support the Penrith Community Kitchen by attending the Mayoral Charity Fundraiser.

“Your contribution has helped this critical local service to continue to operate by supporting the community’s most vulnerable, whether it be families, individuals, the lonely or school students, I want to thank you for your generosity.”

Jeremy Bentvelzen, Penrith Community Kitchen’s President said he is grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity of the community’s contributions to the charity.

“On behalf of the Penrith Community Kitchen’s Committee, our dedicated Coordinator Cathy Craig, and our invaluable volunteers, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Penrith City Council for their unwavering support and amazing contributions,” Bentvelzen said.

“With this ongoing support, we can continue to offer a comforting meal and vital social connection to those facing hardship in our community. It also sustains our Food for Kids school program currently in 11 local schools.”

Penrith Community Kitchen is a welcoming space to all and are open Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 11.30am to 1.30pm for a meal.

For more information on how you can donate to the Penrith Community Kitchen to keep their doors open, visit

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