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Big Slick Celebrity Weekend tickets on sale this week, with Sprint Center as a venue

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend gears up for its 10th annual KC fundraiser

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend will bring back KC's favorite sons for a huge weekend of fun and games for Children's Mercy Hospital.
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Big Slick Celebrity Weekend will bring back KC's favorite sons for a huge weekend of fun and games for Children's Mercy Hospital.

Tickets for the annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, which over the last decade has raised millions for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital, go on sale this week, organizers announced Monday.

The whomping goof-fest was organized in 2010 as a small poker tournament by homegrown talents Rob Riggle and Paul Rudd. They were later joined by local buddies Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet, and the event has grown into a massive, star-studded weekend.

The 10th annual Big Slick happens June 7-8 at several locations across Kansas City.

Big Slick’s Saturday night party and show is moving from Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland to the more spacious Sprint Center. The move will make 5,000 tickets available to the general public, up from about 1,500 at the Midland, which quickly sold out.

A bevy of big-name celebrity guests (to be announced later) are expected to perform. Organizers are hinting the show will feature “more music, more comedy.”

Tickets for the Saturday night party range from $79, for standard lower level seating, to $200 for premium seats that include an open bar.

Presale tickets will be available for Big Slick email list subscribers at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets for the public will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at Sprint Center box office or charge by phone at 888-929-7849.

Other activities include the Big Slick Celebrity Softball game at Kauffman Stadium on June 7. Anyone with a Royals game day ticket can watch Stonestreet pop out to first base or Rudd throw a ball. If purchased through www.bigslickkc.org, a $5 donation will be included for each ticket sold.

Highlights from the Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, June 23, 2017.

The bowling tournament at Pinstripes at Prairiefire in Overland Park is scheduled for June 8 but general admission tickets are not available this year. The public is invited to the free celebrity red carpet and block party at Prairiefire.

Riggle, Rudd and Sudeikis created Big Slick, with Koechner and Stonestreet joining as co-hosts in 2014. Guest celebrities who have participated include Selena Gomez, Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde (Sudeikis’ fiancee) and John Oliver.

Big Slick has raised more than $8 million to fight cancer since 2010. This year’s event is poised to surpass the record $2.1 million raised last year.

Children’s Mercy has used the proceeds to explore genomics and personalized medicine for pediatric cancer patients. It also allowed the hospital to expand its bone marrow transplant unit, purchase early detection equipment and add entertainment systems to every oncology hospital room.

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Glenn E. Rice covers crime, courts and breaking news for The Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 1988. Rice is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Central Missouri.
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