Big Slick Celebrity Weekend hosts kick off at Children's Mercy H - KCTV5

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend hosts kick off at Children's Mercy Hospital

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Celebrity actors Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner stopped at Children's Mercy Hospital Friday to kick off  Big Slick weekend. (KCTV5) Celebrity actors Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner stopped at Children's Mercy Hospital Friday to kick off Big Slick weekend. (KCTV5)
The co-hosts held a short news conference at the hospital to kick off the charity weekend. (KCTV5) The co-hosts held a short news conference at the hospital to kick off the charity weekend. (KCTV5)
Afterward, the actors stayed to play games with children. (KCTV5) Afterward, the actors stayed to play games with children. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A group of Kansas City’s most beloved celebrities has descended upon the city for a weekend full of events to benefit a metro children’s hospital.

Celebrity actors Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner stopped at Children's Mercy Hospital Friday morning to kick off the eighth annual Big Slick weekend.

Big Slick co-hosts say they are happy to be back in Kansas City. Not just to see family, and as Stonestreet joked, to have his mother do his laundry. But to help raise money for such a worthy cause. 

The co-hosts held a short news conference at the hospital to kick off the charity weekend.

Afterward, they stayed to play games with children.

KCTV5’s Abigael Jaymes spoke with a woman who said even though her granddaughter may not know who the celebrities are, the fact that she can get out of her hospital room and smile is what means the most.

And for the celebrities, even though they know they'll be having fun coming to the hospital, they say there is one key reason why they do it. 

"Hanging out with the kids. Visiting the kids, visiting the families,” Riggle said. “I'm a parent you know so I always thank God if that was me, it would just be very hard. I empathize greatly with what they might be going through. I love this part of the weekend."

Friday morning’s event got the weekend started. The rest of the outing includes a softball game at Kauffman Stadium with fellow celebrities, a block party and bowling tournament at Prariefire in Overland Park, and a VIP party and auction at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Each of the activities will raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Actor Jason Sudeikis also co-hosts the weekend but will be arriving later in the day on Friday after staying the night in New York City to attend the opening night showing of Broadway musical 1984, in which his fiancee, Olivia Wilde, was staring.

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