KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big Slick 10 raised more than $2.5 million over the weekend to benefit Children's Mercy Hospital.
The idea, which started as a poker tournament organized by Rob Riggle a decade ago, got support early on from fellow Kansas City natives Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis.
Two more famous actors, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner, joined the cause in Big Slick's infancy as well.
Big Slick 10 was among the biggest years yet.
From the annual Children's Mercy tour — which included games and selfies with celebrities like Selena Gomez, Al Roker, Olivia Wilde and Taran Killam — to the annual Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium, from the red carpet shindig at Prairiefire to the variety show at the Sprint Center, the celebs sang and dance and cracked jokes in the name of charity.
Rudd even got starstruck himself. watching reigning NFL MVP and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit a home run at The K while pinch-hitting for Stonestreet.
Still, as much fun as it was (and always is), the focus of the weekend remains the children's cancer patients at Children's Mercy.
Wrapping up Saturday night at the Sprint Center, thousands of people were in attendance for an auction including items such as a morning with Al Roker and an appearance on the "Today Show," which was sold for $18,000.
Dinner for eight featuring Joe's Kansas City BBQ and a whiskey tasting started in the $10,000 range, but wound up raising $55,000 when Mahomes, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, and members of the Hunt family, who own the NFL franchise, promised to drop by the event.
Rudd also donated the Mahomes jacket he was wearing and said he would tag along for the dinner.
With the record-setting tally of donations, Big Slick KC has now raised more than $10 million in 10 years for Children's Mercy.
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