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Big Slick Celebrity Weekend 2019: What you need to know

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.

The 10th annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend invades Kansas City on Friday and Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know:

The basics

Hometown stars Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle and David Koechner are scheduled to host 38 famous guests. Since 2010, Big Slick has raised more than $8 million to benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy hospital. See bigslickkc.org for more info and tickets.

The big events

The celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. Friday at Kauffman Stadium. Anyone with a ticket to the Royals vs. White Sox game at 7:15 p.m. that night can come early to watch the celebrities cavort on the field. If you purchase through the Big Slick site or on royals.com/bigslick, $5 goes to the charity. You can also watch the game on the Royals’ Facebook page.

A free outdoor block party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Prairiefire shopping center in Overland Park. The highlight: a celebrity red carpet arrival around 9:45 a.m. outside Pinstripes. The celebrity bowling tournament inside is sold out.

The charity auction, which used to always sell out at a smaller venue, is now called the Party & Show and has been moved to the Sprint Center to accommodate thousands more fans. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Plenty of tickets remain for $79.

Last year’s big auction items included a Captain America shield signed by the “Avengers” cast (thanks to Ant-Man Rudd) and set visits to “Modern Family” (thanks to Stonestreet) and “Saturday Night Live” (thanks to Sudeikis). But the show also features performances: comedy, song — “American Idol” alums Chris Daughtry and David Cook performed a killer duet last year — even magic.

Watch highlights from Big Slick Celebrity Weekend 2018, which raised a record $2,099,787 for Children's Mercy Hospitals.

Who’s coming

In all, 38 celebrity guests are scheduled to come to KC. Most have connections to at least one of the hometown hosts. Like this: You may remember in the movie “I Love You, Man,” Rudd worships the band Rush. Now Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is a first-time Big Slick guest.

A few guests, like the hosts, are Kansas Citians — Heidi Gardner, David Cook, David Dastmalchian, Katherine McNamara. Or they live with someone who grew up in the area — Olivia Wilde, who is Sudeikis’ fiancee, and Jake Tapper, whose wife is from St. Joseph.

Or, as far as Kansas City is concerned, they walk on water: Patrick Mahomes.

The complete list:

Actress Becky Ann Baker (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Girls”)

Actor Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife,” “Happiness”)

Comedian Nate Bargatze, a Big Slick first-timer

Actor Bobby Cannavale (the Ant-Man movies, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Will & Grace”)

Actress Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs,” “Roseanne,” “Speechless”)

Musician Richard Christy (drummer on “The Howard Stern Show”), a Big Slick first-timer

Musician David Cook of Blue Springs (“American Idol”)

Actress Eliza Coupe (“Future Man,” “Happy Endings”)

Actor David Dastmalchian of Overland Park (“Ant-Man,” “Blade Runner”)

Musician Chris Daughtry (“American Idol”)

Actor Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)

“Saturday Night Live” star Heidi Gardner of Kansas City, a Big Slick first-timer

Singer/actress Selena Gomez (“The Dead Don’t Die,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” so many hit songs)

Comedian Seth Herzog (“The Tonight Show”)

Actor Josh Hopkins (“Whiskey Cavalier,” “True Detective” “Cougar Town”)

Actor Richard Kind (“Inside Out,” “Cars,” “Spin City”)

Actor Zachary Levi (“Shazam,” “Chuck” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Actor Samm Levine (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Drunk History,” “Inglourious Basterds”)

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, a Big Slick first-timer

Actor Taran Killam (“Saturday Night Live,” “Single Parents”)

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Actress Katherine McNamara of Lee’s Summit (“Shadowhunters,” “Arrow,” “The Maze Runner”)

Sports broadcaster Curt Menefee (“Fox NFL Sunday”)

Actor Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense,” “Future Man”)

Actor Kevin Pollak (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Billions,” “The Usual Suspects”)

Actor Kevin Rahm (“Lethal Weapon,” “Madame Secretary,” “Mad Men”)

“Today” show host Al Roker

Actress Andrea Savage (“Veep,” “Step Brothers,” “I’m Sorry”)

Actor Adam Scott (“Big Little Lies,” “Parks and Recreation”)

Actor Tom Everett Scott (“That Thing You Do,” “I’m Sorry,” “13 Reasons Why”), a Big Slick first-timer

Actress Cobie Smulders (the Avengers movies, “How I Met Your Mother”), a Big Slick first-timer

Actor Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley,” “Spider-Man”)

CNN journalist Jake Tapper

Comedian Sarah Tiana

Actor James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek,” “CSI Cyber,” “Varsity Blues”)

Magician Blake Vogt (“America’s Got Talent”)

Actress Olivia Wilde (“Tron: Legacy,” “House,” director of “Booksmart”)

Actress Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), a Big Slick first-timer

Hometown hosts Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner — along with dozens of celebrity guests — braved the heat and brought publicity to their fundraiser for Children's Mercy hospital at Kauffman Stadium Friday afternoon.

Other ways to support

An online silent auction, running until 8:30 p.m. June 8, includes such goodies as a “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” set visit, an Xbox signed by the cast of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” a private suite at a Chiefs game at Arrowhead and even an autographed Passover Seder book from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Details and bidding are at bigslickkc.org.

For a minimum donation of $10 you can enter a sweepstakes to win a 2019 Tesla Model 3, which will be stuffed with “Junk in the Trunk,” surprise items donated by the Big Slick hosts. You have until Oct. 2 to enter at bigslickkc.org.

What were they in again?

Here’s what makes the hometown hosts such a big deal:

Paul Rudd, Shawnee Mission West grad: The “Ant-Man” and “Avengers” movies. Also: “This is 40,” “Role Models,” “Anchorman,” “Clueless.”

Jason Sudeikis, Shawnee Mission West: “Booksmart,” “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers,” “The Angry Birds” movies, “Saturday Night Live.”

Rob Riggle, Shawnee Mission South: “12 Strong,” “21 Jump Street,” Fox NFL Sunday, “Dumb and Dumber To.”

Eric Stonestreet, Piper High: “Modern Family,” “The Toy Box,” “The Secret Life of Pets” movies.

David Koechner, Tipton (Missouri) High (but wife Leigh went to Shawnee Mission South): “Anchorman,” “Superior Donuts,” “CHIPs,” “Get Smart.”

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Sharon Hoffmann is an enterprise editor at The Star. She grew up in the KC area, graduated from the University of Kansas and promptly moved away. After she married and had kids, she just had to come back. She has been editing Kansas City Star stories since 1999.

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