COVID-19 preemptively strikes again. This time it’s one of Kansas City’s most beloved, star-studded, nationally recognized events—one that helped put Children’s Mercy Kansas City on the map. Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, scheduled for June 5-6, 2020, is being canceled due to the growing coronavirus pandemic and organizers’ concern for attendees’ health and safety. The annual powerhouse weekend—started in 2010 and hosted by KC natives Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner—has contributed millions to pediatric cancer research at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
Statement from Big Slick Celebrity Weekend’s Family Board:
We have decided to cancel Big Slick Celebrity Weekend for 2020. We’re all disappointed to miss a year, but the health and safety of everyone involved is our highest priority. While our celebrity hosts and guests won’t be batting, bowling or performing in 2020, their love for the Kansas City community, as well as the patients, families and staff at Children’s Mercy, is strong. Unfortunately, in this difficult battle against coronavirus, showing that love means staying home.
Big Slick draws big crowds and requires a lot of travel, which go against social distancing guidelines that are so critical at this time. In making this decision, we appreciate the support and guidance from our partners, who help make each event that weekend so special. We also want to thank those who were generously planning to sponsor or attend Big Slick, as well as our army of incredible volunteers.
The cancellation of Big Slick, one of the largest fundraisers to benefit Children’s Mercy annually, means a reduction in funding for the nonprofit hospital. Donations to Children’s Mercy can be made at www.bigslickkc.org. Organizers also recommend signing up for Big Slick’s email list for future updates and opportunities.