The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend raised a record $1.3 million for Children’s Mercy Hospital this year, so they’re doing it all again in 2017.
The organization on Friday announced the dates for next year’s event: Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24. Once again, hometown celebrities Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner will play host to a horde of Hollywood buddies to be named next spring.
The first event open to the public will be that Friday’s celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium, before the Royals play the Toronto Blue Jays. The following morning, the stars will strut down a red carpet as they head into the charity bowling tournament at Pinstripes in Overland Park. That night is the big moneymaking auction at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland downtown.
Since 2010, Big Slick has contributed more than $4 million to Children’s Mercy. As the event has grown, so has the attention, with coverage on “Today” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and in People and Time magazines.
Big Slick tickets won’t go on sale until spring, but you can whet your appetite by going to bigslickkc.org and signing up for the email list to get updates and special offers. For example, Big Slick used that email list and its Facebook page to sell 160 tickets to a VIP tailgate at this Sunday’s Chiefs vs. Buccaneers game. Koechner and Riggle will attend, as well as Chiefs players Dustin Colquitt and Travis Kelce, who participated in the Big Slick softball game — which began as a real game but devolved into brawling and mayhem.
All in good fun.