Big Slick and fundraising partner Omaze have found their raffle winner: a California woman with “Kansas City in her blood,” who entered to honor the memory of her deceased father.
Megan Henley of La Crescenta, near Los Angeles, is a self-described huge Royals fan and will get to play softball at Kauffman Stadium with the Big Slick hosts and celebrity guests on Friday. Henley was born in California but raised in Columbia, Mo. Her father was born in Kansas City, and her grandparents, she says, still live in Johnson County.
After entering with a $10 donation, an ecstatic Henley was alerted via Skype by Big Slick organizers of her improbable win. Dressed head-to-toe in Royals gear, she told them why the win meant so much:
“My dad, he unfortunately passed in 2013. The biggest thing with him was laughter,” she said. “And what those guys represent, what they do, they love putting smiles on people’s faces, and they love making people laugh. To be able to represent my dad on that field, I think it would be an experience of a lifetime.”
Henley and a guest of her choosing (she’s bringing her brother Brett Henley) will be flown to Kansas City and put up at a hotel. After playing in the 5 p.m. softball game, the two will enjoy the Royals game against the Blue Jays from Kauffman Stadium’s swanky Hall of Fame suite. They also get spectator passes for Saturday’s Big Slick bowling tournament at Pinstripes in Overland Park and VIP tickets to the party and auction at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland that night.
Donations to the raffle — a newly added Big Slick fundraising tool — could range from as little as $10 (good for 100 entries) to $2,500 (25,000 entries). Depending on the amount donated, various Big Slick swag items — decals, custom Charlie Hustle Big Slick tee, autographed merchandise — accompanied the donations.
Through last year, Big Slick had raised more than $4.5 million to help the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City expand research, purchase new hospital equipment and expand hospital amenities.
Learn more at bigslickkc.org.