Sheryl Crow and Paul Rudd help raise money at Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City
The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, Missouri kicked off in person for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event is a fundraiser for the local Children’s Mercy Cancer Center and is being hosted this year by four actors who grew up in the Kansas City area: Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and David Koechner, according to the Kansas City star.
They were joined by about 30 celebrity guests, including musician Sheryl Crow, actors Adam Scott, James Van Der Beek, Ginger Gonzaga, Heidi Gardner, Richard Kind, Kat McNamara, Anthony Hill, Seth Herzog, as well as YouTuber Sean Evans, sports commentator Joe, among others. Tessitore and WWE wrestler Baron Corbin.
Star Power: Musician Sheryl Crow Supports Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, a fundraiser for the local Children’s Mercy Cancer Center
Celebrity Fundraiser: Paul Rudd was one of four co-hosts growing up in the Kansas City area, which also included actors Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, and David Koechner; Rudd is pictured with YouTuber Sean Evans, the co-creator of the series Hot Ones
As in years past, the fun-filled weekend features an array of fun events, including live music, comedy, magic, live auctions, and a Friday afternoon softball game at Kauffman Stadium.
While all the celebrities were hanging out this weekend, some of them, like Crow, took part in meet and greets and VIP experiences to raise money.
The event concluded with the Big Slick Party and Show at T-Mobile Center which brings comedians, television personalities and musicians on stage.
Regular co-host Jason Sudeikis had to cancel days before kick-off due to a change in the schedule of his Emmy-winning TV series Ted Lasso in London, organizers announced on Tuesday.
Enjoyable: As co-hosts, David Koechner, Eric Stonestreet, Rudd and Rob Riggle worked on the fundraiser in many comedy
Auction time: For the right price, a fan can join Adam Scott to the season two premiere and afterparty for his series Severance
Working on it: Scott jokingly used his gift to sell his severance pay to the public
If it makes you happy: Crow was one of the celebrities available for meet and greets
The Big Slick fundraiser event was started in 2010 when Riggle called on Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis, graduates of Shawnee Mission, with some ideas for raising money for Children’s Mercy, including hosting a poker tournament.
They all agreed, and with a schedule of just over a few months, they called their family and friends to help.
Some of those friends were well-known celebrities such as Will Ferrell, Bobby Cannavale, George Wendt, and SNL Alum Will Forte, who eventually helped raise more than $120,000.
Spice things up: Rudd shared some Hot Ones stories with the show’s co-creator and host, Sean Evans
Lots of laughs: Saturday Night live comedian Heidi Gardner entered part of the live auction portion of the event
Supporting: Actor James Van Der Beek was also there to increase the star power
Funnyman: Comedian Seth Herzog Got Playful With Actors Anthony Hill And Kat McNamara
Since its inception, the Big Slick event has raised more than $13 million for Children’s Mercy Cancer Center through sponsorships, a live auction and several online fundraising campaigns.
according to his Big smooth website† ‘Children’s Mercy’ is a leading independent children’s health organization committed to holistic care, translational research, caregiver education and pioneering innovation to create a world of wellbeing for all children.”
Founded in 1897, the facility provides the highest level of care for children from birth to age 21, and has been repeatedly ranked as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by US News & World Report.
Actor Richard Kind found himself struggling to eat spicy wings during one of the fun events, along with comedian Brian Quinn, who offered some help.
All in the name of fundraising: Quinn and Rudd laughed a few times while Kind had a drink to ease the spicy burning in his throat after playing along with the Hot Ones concept
Since its inception in 2010, the Big Slick event has raised more than $13 million for Children’s Mercy Cancer Center through sponsorships, a live auction, and several online fundraising campaigns; Stonestreet and Rudd are pictured accepting a $150,000 donation