Fans of Big Slick Weekend, rejoice!
The annual local celebrity homecoming hoedown for KC area stars Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle and David Koechner will arrive slightly earlier than in previous years.
Organizers announced Monday that the next Big Slick Celebrity Weekend will be June 1-2, 2018.
Once again, the stars and their celebrity guests will play softball at Kauffman Stadium before a Friday Royals game (the boys in blue will be hosting the Oakland A’s June 1-3). The next day the celebrities will have a bowling tournament at Pinstripes in Overland Park and then head to the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland that night for the annual auction.
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Tickets will go on sale in the spring. Find more info at bigslickkc.org.
In recent years, the event has been scheduled later in June. The move up makes sense: Rudd will be busy promoting “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which opens June 29 in the U.K. (July 6 in the U.S.), and the Kansas City Royals will go on the road at the end of June. And Father’s Day weekend, when the Royals play the Houston Astros, was out because most of the hosts are dads and wanted to be with their families.
In 2017, the event raised a record $1.75 million for the cancer center at Children’s Mercy Hospital with such big-ticket auction items as a trip to the Atlanta set of the “Ant-Man” sequel ($120,000); a visit to the set of Stonestreet’s “Modern Family” ($34,000); a KU basketball game and a meal in Lawrence with Rob Riggle ($30,000).
The stars raised $1.3 million in 2016. Since Big Slick began in 2010, it has raised more than $6 million.
During the 2017 Big Slick Weekend, the locals brought along such celebrity pals as Will Forte, Sarah Chalke (“Roseanne”), Johnny Knoxville, George Wendt, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Weird Al Yankovic, Zachary Levi, CNN’s Jake Tapper and locally raised actor and filmmaker David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049”; “Twin Peaks: The Return”).
Organizers say more events are in the works as they plan to expand the fundraiser beyond the annual celebrity weekend. This Sunday, for example, Riggle and Koechner will host the Second Annual Big Slick Tailgate Experience at the Chiefs-Bills game at Arrowhead. Tickets were $350 for the sold-out event, which includes a full buffet and bar and premium seats for the game.