Big Slick Celebrity Weekend returns for the 7th year
Riggle, Rudd, Sudeikis, Koechner & Stonestreet to host June 17 & 18
Heartland-bred, blue-blooded, hand-shaking, baby-kissing comedians Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet are coming home the weekend of June 17, 2016 to campaign for kids in the biggest and most patriotic Big Slick Celebrity Weekend yet. The Kansas and Missouri natives will bring with them a gathering of funny celebrity friends, as well as one-of-a-kind items for public auction, all to help Big Slick’s charity beneficiary, the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
Just like the rest of the country, Big Slick 2016 is getting into the election spirit. Since April, residents around the Kansas City metro area have seen yard signs and billboards promising “Comedy We Can Believe In” and showcasing five already beloved Big Slick candidates all with the same platform: supporting the kids at Children’s Mercy. As in real politics, Big Slick 2016 includes catchy taglines - “With Liberty and Riggle for All,” “”E Pluribus Stonestreet,” “In Rudd We Trust,” “Yankee Doodle Koechner,” and “We Pledge Allegiance to Sudeikis” – and voting!
People can vote for their 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.
Big Slick 2016 will take place in Kansas City on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, and feature three core events. Celebrity attendees will participate in the Big Slick “Star Spangled Softball” game at Kauffman Stadium, the Big Slick “Red, White and Bowl” bowling tournament at Pinstripes and the Big Slick “Victory Party and Auction” at The Midland.
- The Big Slick “Star Spangled Softball” game will take place on the main field at Kauffman Stadium (1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO) at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, prior to the Kansas City Royals playing the Detroit 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).
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).
For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit www.childrensmercy.org or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/childrensmercy) Twitter (www.twitter.com/childrensmercy) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/childrensmercykc).