Taking place over September 22 and 23, all proceeds raised from Pinfest Newcastle are to be contributed to local charities. This year 900 people bought tickets to the 2 day event, generating approximately $12,000. These funds are to be divided between The Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Hunter and Northern Kidney Association and Wesley Mission Newcastle.
Pinfest Newcastle is entirely run by volunteers keeping the cost of running the event very low. For this reason, Pinfest Newcastle has already raised over $50,000 for local charities from its previous 6 events, not including money raised from this year.
The event featured seminars from Stern Pinball's Gary Stern, Arcooda CEO Steve Josifovski and Homepin's Mike Kalinowski. These seminars were attended at a cost of an extra $5 per person (on top of a $15 entry fee to the event) which also contributed to the overall money raised.
Over 40 volunteers helped work over the weekend to put on the successful event.