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Big Slick Adds New Host for 2023 Celebrity Weekend

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Big Slick is adding a new host. “Saturday Night Live” star and Kansas City, MO native Heidi Gardner is joining Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet to co-host the 14th annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, scheduled for June 2-3, 2023, and benefiting Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Big Slick started in 2010 as a celebrity poker tournament and party hosted by Riggle, Rudd and Sudeikis. Big Slick alumni Koechner and Stonestreet joined them as official co-hosts in 2014. Gardner, who first attended as a guest in 2019, is joining as a co-host in 2023. She was privately asked to take the official role by all five hosts while on-stage at the T-Mobile Center this past June (as confetti fell and the crowd celebrated more than $3.5M raised for Children’s Mercy Kansas City).

Gardner grew up in KCMO and graduated from Notre Dame de Sion, where she was voted “Most likely to be a cast member of Saturday Night Live.” She spent time at both the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri before leaving the midwest for LA. Gardner began acting full time in 2015. After finding success as a voice actress, she joined the cast of SNL in 2017. In addition to her five-year (and counting) stint on SNL, she’s been seen alongside Adam Sandler in Netflix’s “Hustle,” spotted in the HBO Max exclusive “That Damn Michael Che,” and appears on AppleTV’s newly released “Shrinking.

The 14th annual Big Slick will take place in Kansas City on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, and feature two core events. Celebrity attendees will participate in the Big Slick Celebrity Classic softball game at Kauffman Stadium and the Big Slick Party & Show at T-Mobile Center.

  • The Big Slick Celebrity Classic game will take place on the main field at Kauffman Stadium (1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO) on Friday, June 2, prior to the Kansas City Royals playing the Colorado Rockies. Access to the Big Slick Celebrity Classic game is included for everyone who purchases a regular game ticket.
  • The Big Slick Party & Show is the main event of the weekend and will be hosted at the T-Mobile Center (1407 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO) on Saturday, June 3. 

Additional details – including celebrity guests / performers – will be announced via Big Slick channels in the lead up to the event weekend.

Ticketing Details:

PRESALE - On Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m., Big Slick insiders / email subscribers (sign up at www.bigslickkc.org) will have the chance to purchase presale tickets for the June 3 Big Slick Party & Show at T-Mobile Center and shop a limited number of VIP (meet and greet) tickets. All subscribers will receive purchasing instructions via email.

  • Presale tickets for the Big Slick Party & Show at T-Mobile Center go on sale at $75-$125 for standard lower level and $375 for upgraded seats with Founders Club access including open bar.
  • Select VIP tickets will also be available for purchase, including $1,000 Hall of Fame Suite tickets and $1,500 for Dugout Suite tickets (for Big Slick Celebrity Softball at Kauffman Stadium) and $2,000 VIP Pre-Party access plus upgraded seating tickets (for Big Slick Party & Show at T-Mobile Center). Additionally, an intimate cocktail party with Big Slick celebrities will be hosted at a private residence on Thursday, June 1 with access at $5,000 per person.

GENERAL PUBLIC - On Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m., Big Slick Party & Show tickets (and any remaining VIP tickets) go on sale to the general public via www.bigslickkc.org. Big Slick Party & Show tickets can also be purchased directly at T-MobileCenter.com.

Fans can also attend the Big Slick Celebrity Softball game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, June 2. Access to the celebrity game is included for everyone who purchases a Kansas City Royals regular game ticket.

More Ways to Support Big Slick: 

Worlds of Fun is hosting the Zambezi Zinger First Rider Expedition this spring when the highly anticipated ride opens in April, benefiting Big Slick and pediatric cancer research at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. 32 winners on two trains will be randomly selected via drawing to be the first public riders on Zambezi Zinger. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Big Slick. Fans can enter via Prizeo: https://www.prizeo.com/campaigns/l/big-slick/be-the-first-rider-on-zambezi-zinger 

For more information and ongoing updates about Big Slick, visit www.bigslickkc.org or follow Big Slick on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BigSlickKC), Twitter (@BigSlickKC), Instagram (@BigSlickKC) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/BigSlickKC).