Kansas City celebs come home for Big Slick fundraiser

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Celebrity actors Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet are back home in Kansas City for the 5th annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend.

The Kansas and Missouri natives are bringing some of their celebrity friends to Kansas City for massive fundraiser for the Cancer Center at Children's Mercy Hospital.

In previous years, Big Slick featured a poker tournament, but this year the hosts planned a bowling tournament. There's also a public auction for some one-of-a-kind items.

Friday morning, Riggle, Rudd, Sudeikis and Koechner met with the media at the hospital to officially kick off the weekend.

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"I've always considered Children's Mercy to be Kansas City asset, and we need to take care of it," Riggle said.

"(The celebs) love coming to KC. They love eating barbeque. They love all the events. But all them say the best part of the weekend is visiting the hospital and spending time with the kids," Rudd said. "That's why we're here. That's why they ask to come back."

Over the years, Big Slick has donated more than $1.4 million to Children's Mercy Hospital. That money has helped expand its Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and family/play rooms. It's also helped add entertainment systems to every oncology hospital room and purchase more than $500,000 in advanced early detection equipment.

For more information on Big Slick visit www.bigslickkc.org.

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