KC Star: Big Slick 2017 sets yet another record with $1.75 million
Last year, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend raised a record $1.3 million to benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy.
This year brought in an even bigger haul: $1.75 million, said organizers at the extravaganza’s star-studded final event Saturday night at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
Hometown hosts Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner and their celebrity guests lounged on leather couches scattered around the Midland stage, maniacally danced between bidding sessions, tried to one-up one another on whether Jayhawks, Wildcats or Tigers are the best and, especially, took to the microphones to egg the crowd on to fork over more money.
Several monster bids pushed the total over the top:
▪ Two $60,000 bids — for a total of $120,000 — for a “Marvelous opportunity” to join Rudd on a tour of the Atlanta set of his next movie, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” attend the premiere next summer, meet Rudd’s fellow Avengers (as in Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr.) and possibly appear in a crowd scene, as long as the producer approves.
“Imagine what we would have gotten if you were actual size,” said Sudeikis, joking about the shortest member of the Big Slick hosting crew.
Bonus: Big Slick guest and fellow Kansas Citian David Dastmalchian will return in the sequel as Russian hacker Kurt.