KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- 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 star-studded weekend started in 2010 and is hosted by Kansas City natives Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner. The big event contributes millions to pediatric cancer research at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
"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," said the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend’s Family Board in a written statement.
They went on to say:
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.
Rob Riggle said they waited as long as they could before making the decision, and had many people weighing in. Though, ultimately it just came down to public safety and health.
“We held out. We thought about doing all kinds of different things and ultimately the answer just kept coming back… we just don’t have any certainty and until we have more certainty, we can’t make plans,” Riggle said.
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.
“Obviously I’m heart broken. All the hosts are heart broken, all the families. But I promise we’re going to come back next year bigger and better than ever. It’s just unfortunately this year we had to cancel. That doesn’t mean it’s over for good, it just means it’s over for this year,” Riggle said.
Donations to Children’s Mercy can be made at www.bigslickkc.org.