Go inside Big Slick 2016 (real-time weekend updates)
Kansas City, June 17-19, 2016
Media: Download these files from the Big Slick Weekend as needed
You can still get a Big Slick 2016 Tshirt for a limited time. Donations benefit the Children's Mercy Cancer Center.
$1.3 million. A new record. Thank you Big Slick and Kansas City...You came up big for our Children's Mercy kids!
In the media
This year's Victory Party and Auction saw items go for $90,000, $60,000 and $30,000!
Keep bowlin, bowlin, bowlin: Scribe's amazing Big Slick mural, red carpet arrivals, bocce ball and more
Take me out to the Star Spangled Softball game (Special thanks to bigslickkc.org for the photos and video)
Photos from this year's #BigSlickKC hospital visits. Game time!
Check out the 2016 Big Slick KC press conference (thanks to Big Slick for FB Live video)
Riggle, Rudd, Sudeikis, Stonestreet & Koechner: The Big Slick boys are back in town
“I see Olivia in the moms. I see parts of me in the fathers. It’s emotional now in a way I couldn’t have anticipated.”
“I’ve always thought that Children’s Mercy is a Kansas City treasure. And we’ve got to take care of it.”
When Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner invite their Hollywood friends to join them in giving their time to - and raising money for - Children’s Mercy through the annual Big Slick weekend, their efforts help ensure no patient is ever turned away from the hospital because of money.
The survival rate of patients at the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center is around 80 percent; with help from Big Slick, the 26 pediatric oncologists on staff hope to improve those outcomes with a variety of new research and programs in the coming years.
The Big Slick celebrities, Children’s Mercy doctors and the Kansas City community create a formidable opponent for pediatric cancer. See what’s on tap for Big Slick 2016.
Big Slick Weekend
The Big Slick “Star Spangled Softball” game will take place on the main field at Kauffman Stadium (1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO) at 5 p.m. Friday, June 17, prior to the Royals playing the Tigers at 7:15 p.m. Access to the Big Slick “Star Spangled Softball” game is included for everyone who purchases a regular game ticket. With each ticket purchased at ROYALS.COM/BIGSLICK a $5 donation is made to Royals Charities to assist Big Slick with its fundraising efforts.
- The Big Slick “Red, White and Bowl” bowling tournament will be held at Pinstripes | Bistro | Bowling | Bocce, a distinctive dining and entertainment venue, located at Prairiefire (13500 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS) at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18; doors open at 10 a.m. The public is invited to come watch celebrity red carpet arrivals outside Pinstripes beginning at 9:45 a.m. Space is limited.
- The Big Slick “Victory Party & Auction” is the main event of the weekend and will be hosted at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland (1228 Main St, Kansas City, MO) at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. The party will feature games, laughs, election puns and one-of-a-kind auction items (previous years’ items have included set visits to “Modern Family” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the premieres of “Ant-Man” and “Horrible Bosses 2,” as well as unique autographed merchandise).
- Celebrity guests
- 2016 guests are still being announced. So far, guests include James Marsden, Olivia Wilde, Bret Saberhagen, Judy Greer, Kevin Rahm, Kevin Pollak, James Van Der Beek, Aisha Tyler, George Wendt, John Hodgman, Robert Smigel, Chris Daughtry, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josh Hopkins, Neil Flynn, Will Forte, David Cook, Adam Scott, Martin Starr, Haley Joel Osment, Tom Arnold and Hilarie Burton.
- Past guests include Selena Gomez, Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Weird Al Yankovic, Dianna Agron, J.K. Simmons, Jake Tapper, Angela Kinsey, John Oliver and many others.
- Show your support at BigSlickKC.org
- Vote for your favorite candidate (host) online via Big Slick’s Crowdrise campaign at BIGSLICKKC.ORG. Voting is tied to donating, and donations earn contributors exclusive Big Slick merchandise like bumper stickers, campaign buttons, t-shirts, posters and yard signs.
- Get the 2016 Big Slick commemorative T-shirt from Charlie Hustle. This limited edition T-shirt combines the staple KC Heart design of the Charlie Hustle brand with the Big Slick brand experience. 100% of the proceeds from this shirt will directly benefit the kids!
- Bid on Auction Items: 2016 items coming soon; 2015 items included a trip to visit the set of Brooklyn Nine Nine, a KU basketball game day experience with Rob Riggle, a trip to the premiere of Angry Birds – The Movie, a Modern Family set visit with Eric Stonestreet and tickets to a Saturday Night Live filming
Big Slick 2015
Big Slick facts
- Efforts began in 2010, when Rob Riggle called his fellow Shawnee Mission South graduates Jason Sudeikis and Paul Rudd with an idea to fundraise for the children’s hospital in their hometown.
- Today, in addition to Riggle, Sudeikis and Rudd, hosts include Manhattan, Kansas native, Eric Stonestreet and Tipton, Missouri native, David Koechner.
- The first year’s event raised $120,000; since then, the organization has raised more than$3.25 million.
- In honor of the presidential election season, the hosts kicked off the 2016 year with a political theme, placing yard signs throughout the Kansas City area and sharing the celebrities “platforms” online.
- Not only do Big Slick events provide financial benefit to the hospital, but also attention to help recruit top medical talent and raise awareness about groundbreaking research and unparalleled services available right here in Kansas City.
- Each year, the hosts bring a slew of celebrity friends to the events. With their friends and families, they aim to volunteer their time and efforts and keep Big Slick expenses to a minimum, donating as much as possible to Children’s Mercy.
- The money raised from 2014 events helped Children’s Mercy launch the innovative Cancer Genomics Program. The study of genomics looks at mutations that are present in cancer, in hopes to determine if treatments can be tailored to each person. The goal of the program is to provide molecularly-targeted therapy to every patient, as opposed to a standard chemotherapy protocol.
- More information is available at www.bigslickkc.org, as well as via Big Slick’s social media channels: Facebook (www.facebook.com/BigSlickKC), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BigSlickKC) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/BigSlickKC).
Children’s Mercy Cancer Center facts
- The Cancer Center’s mission is to help improve the physical and emotional well-being of children with cancer and their families. The center provides care to nearly 2,000 children each year.
- At any given time, the Center is participating in nearly 100 clinical trials, including several national trials being led by Children’s Mercy investigators.
- Children’s Mercy is the only regional member of the Children’s Oncology Group, which conducts international research trials.
- Children’s Mercy joined the University of Kansas Cancer Center Institute Consortium, which allows organizations to collaborate on pediatric oncology academic, scientific and research programs with KU and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.