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Comedians and Hollywood friends to take over KC to help children fighting cancer

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Kathy Sudeikis (left) and Gloria Rudd (right) talk about their sons and Big Slick fundraising event. Kathy Sudeikis (left) and Gloria Rudd (right) talk about their sons and Big Slick fundraising event.
Actors and comedians Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis are seen playing games with kids at Children's Mercy Hospital last year. Actors and comedians Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis are seen playing games with kids at Children's Mercy Hospital last year.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City's famous funny guys Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle are headed back to the metro to raise funds for children battling cancer.

This Friday and Saturday is all part of the annual Big Slick fundraiser that has raised nearly $1 million for Children's Mercy hospitals and clinics and the organizers' mothers said they couldn't be prouder of what their sons are doing with their celebrity status.

After Riggle visited Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital, he made a promise.

"He said to them, 'I promise you. I will come back with some of my friends and raise money for you.' He went right to Jason and Paul and said, 'let's do this for the hometown,'" said Kathy Sudeikis, Jason's mother.

For the last three years Riggle, Rudd and Jason Sudeikis invite Hollywood A-listers to come to Kansas City.

"Our boys are really proud of Kansas City and showing Kansas City to their friends, that's another piece of the equation that makes this so special. We give them a little barbecue. We give them a little booze. They have a great time," Kathy Sudeikis said.

The weekend begins at Kauffman Stadium where every fan with a ticket to the baseball game can watch celebrities square off in a friendly waffle ball match.

"Absolutely the most fun you can have and save a child's life at the same time," Gloria Rudd, Paul's mother, said of the hilarious game.

The comedians also visit the very hospital they are raising funds for during the weekendlong charity event.

"They are enlarging their oncology division. They don't have as many beds as they need. Unfortunately there are just so many children that are diagnosed every month," Gloria Rudd said. "They give you the stories on their children and how Children's Mercy stepped in and saved their life. It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you hear it."

The event has become a family affair and Jason Sudeikis' and Paul Rudd's parents along with Riggle's sister help coordinate the event that is run completely by volunteers.

"They (the comedians) have really fond memories. I think that every one of them feels heartfelt that if they are really going to be responsible for doing something great, how good to bring it home because they all consider this home," Gloria Rudd said.

The women and their famous sons have raised nearly $1 million for kids fighting cancer in Kansas City and are looking toward raising so much more.

Friday is the Big Slick Celebrity Wiffle Ball Game at 5:30 p.m. before the Royals take on the Tigers. Fans with a valid ticket are advised to come early to The Little K because space is limited.

Saturday at Harrah's Kansas City the Big Slick Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament will start at 10:30 a.m. The winner has a chance to take home $10,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker. It's followed by a silent auction and large party at the Midland Theater. Tickets to the party are $75.

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