Yesterday, I had the chance to attend the Big Slick KC press conference. I LOVE when people use their fame for good and these men certainly are. The press conference started with some fun jokes and Q&A from the fellas featured below.
Big Slick started in 2010 as a celebrity poker tournament and party hosted by Kansas City natives and comedic actors Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis to raise money for Children’s Mercy of Kansas City. Each year, Riggle, Rudd and Sudeikis invite celebrity friends to participate in the weekend; alumni from years past include Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Knoxville, John Oliver, Nick Kroll and many others. Big Slick alumni David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet joined Riggle, Rudd and Sudeikis as official Big Slick co-hosts in 2014.
Now approaching its sixth year, Big Slick has donated more than $2.2 million to Children’s Mercy, helping the non-profit hospital explore the benefits of genomics and personalized medicine in cancer treatment, expand its Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and family/play rooms; add entertainment systems to every oncology hospital room; and purchase more than $500K in advanced early detection equipment. For more information on Big Slick visit www.bigslickkc.org or follow Big Slick on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Check out this video of the press conference. It’s definitely worth the watch. 🙂
The guys team up to bring awareness and help the kids at Children’s Mercy. As a former teacher, kids have and will always hold a huge place in my heart. I love what they are doing to help those at Children’s Mercy.
Children’s Mercy, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed, not-for-profit hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21, and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” The Cancer Center’s mission is to help improve the physical and emotional well-being of children with cancer and their families. With 26 pediatric oncologists on staff, the Center provides comprehensive care to nearly 2,000 children each year with childhood cancers, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. At any given time, the Center is participating in nearly 100 clinical trials, including several national trials led by Children’s Mercy investigators. Trial groups include the Children’s Oncology Group, the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium and the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium. In 2012, the Center received accreditation from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, which recognizes hospitals that meet the highest standards for cancer care. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit www.childrensmercy.org o
After the press conference they were joined by other celebrity guest to play games with the kids at Children’s Mercy. I snapped a few pictures that I’m sharing below.