Kansas City knows how to Charity

What a busy weekend in Kansas City! There were two big charity events this weekend and we got to experience both! Well, most of us...Andrea was out of town on business so Leslie, Stephanie and I had to Adventure on our own.

Our weekend actually started on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium to participate in Diamond of Dreams.  Diamond of Dreams is an annual fundraiser put on by the Kansas City Royals that this year benefited Folds of Honor, the Kansas City VA Medical Center and the USO. The event is held in the outfield and featured food provided by local restaurants, an open bar(!), a silent auction, a concert by LeAnn Rimes, appearances by several Kansas City Royals, and a fireworks show to conclude the evening.  The food was good, the drinks were cold, and we had a good time trying to figure out Royals players in regular street clothes - which isn't always so easy!  We got some great shots with several players!

Over 1,000 people attend the Diamond of Dreams

Over 1,000 people attend the Diamond of Dreams

Stephanie, Leslie, Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, and Kristi

Stephanie, Leslie, Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, and Kristi

Leslie, Carla (hi mom!), Royals short stop Alcides Escobar, Kristi, and Stephanie

Leslie, Carla (hi mom!), Royals short stop Alcides Escobar, Kristi, and Stephanie

Stephanie, Kristi, infielder Cheslor Cuthbert, and Leslie

Stephanie, Kristi, infielder Cheslor Cuthbert, and Leslie

Friday night, I attended the Royals game with my mom and had the opportunity to watch the Big Slick softball tournament. Big Slick weekend is hosted by actors Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, and David Koechner.  They each grew up in or around Kansas City and in 2010 came up with the idea of doing an annual event to benefit Children's Mercy Hospital.  They each come to town, gather their celebrity friends and family and host an unbelievable weekend full of laughter and fundraising.  The softball game kicks off the weekend and it is fun to watch celebrities bat, field, and argue calls on the field.  David Koechner does a fantastic job commentating and George Wendt provides the umpiring.  It is a sight to be seen!  Travis Kelce, one of our favorite Kansas City Chiefs, won the game with a giant home run! The actors had a good time and even managed to have a benches clearing brawl.  The Royals game was even better and won in walk off fashion!

Big Slick Celebrity Softball Tournament

Big Slick Celebrity Softball Tournament

Kansas City Chief, Travis Kelce, going yard

Kansas City Chief, Travis Kelce, going yard

Leslie and I met up on Saturday for the Big Slick block party and to watch the celebrities walk the red carpet before their bowling event.  Several Children's Mercy patients were also able to walk the red carpet so we enjoyed seeing the kids have a good time. 

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Leslie and I walked the block party and decided to stop in to Paia for a few drinks on the patio.  This restaurant is new and I'm really excited to go back and try some of their food!  

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We didn't get a chance to attend, but Big Slick concluded their weekend with a party and live auction.  All together, they raised $1.7 million dollars for Children's Mercy this weekend.  This brings their total funds raised since 2010 to over $6 million.  It keeps getting bigger and better every year.  It's amazing what a few local celebrities can do with a fun idea and a little help from their friends!

Here are a few more pictures from the weekend!  We hope you are enjoying summer and can't wait to share more of our Adventures with you!  Cheers! ~Kristi

Fun in the outfield!

Fun in the outfield!

LeAnn Rimes!

LeAnn Rimes!

Big Slick celebrities 

Big Slick celebrities 

Kansas City Royals Game

Kansas City Royals Game