Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce Help Raise $250,000 For Local Kansas City Hospital

When I first heard that the Big Slick Party & Show on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Center was going to revive the old “Saturday Night Live” skit best known as “Da Bears,” I was skeptical about how they’d adapt it to modern times and a Kansas City audience. However, my doubts were quickly dispelled as the night unfolded into a perfect blend of nostalgia, humor, and heartfelt charity.


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Kansas City Chiefs Stars Steal the Show

The event featured Kansas City Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce in a memorable spectacle. Mahomes stood on stage, throwing autographed footballs that were auctioned off for $15,000 each to Kelce, who delivered them to the eager crowd. This was just one of the many highlights of the night that included nearly half the current cast of “SNL” and an endless stream of entertainment, all for a wonderful cause.

The most significant highlight of the evening was the announcement that the weekend’s efforts had raised an astounding $3,973,637 for Children’s Mercy Hospital. This brings the total amount raised over 15 years to an incredible $25,002,638. The joy and generosity displayed were palpable, making the night one to remember, according to The Kansas City Star.

“Da Bears” Revived

The act formerly known as “Bill Swerski’s Super Fans” emerged as the most memorable performance of the night. George Wendt, the “Cheers” star and Rockhurst College graduate, reprised his role as Bob Swerski, joined by his nephew, played by Jason Sudeikis, in an homage to Chris Farley’s Todd O’Connor. They were joined by Big Slick regular Robert Smigel, the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The skit was filled with localized humor and playful ribbing of Kansas City and the Chiefs.

Travis Kelce made a surprise appearance, attempting his version of a Chicago accent while boasting about the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. The humor took a more pointed turn, when they touched on recent controversies, including kicker Harrison Butker’s remarks and the Chiefs’ low ratings on the NFLPA report card.

When it was suggested that Taylor Swift could fund a new stadium, Kelce, her boyfriend, playfully dismissed the idea, leading to more laughs as Sudeikis’ character pressed him on personal matters.

The Chiefs and Mahomes Take Center Stage

The skit culminated in a humorous exchange about Mahomes, with Kelce and Mahomes themselves joining the “Super Fans.” They joked about the infamous decision by the Bears to draft Mitch Trubisky over Mahomes, with Kelce delivering a perfectly timed punchline that had the audience in stitches.

Community Spirit and Generosity

The evening wasn’t just about laughs. Heidi Gardner auctioned off an “SNL” experience, raising $180,000 by selling four packages at $45,000 each. Jason Sudeikis auctioned a trip to New York to see WNBA superstar Caitlin Clark play, raising the stakes by humorously challenging the audience.

The highlight of the night was Mahomes and Kelce’s contribution to an NFL experience offered by the NFL Network, which ended up going for an astonishing $250,000. The generosity of Brian and Katherine Schell was a testament to the spirit of the event.

Endless Entertainment for a Cause

The show lasted over three hours, filled with non-stop entertainment. Among the performers were singers Tech N9ne and David Cook, who brought local pride with their Kansas City-themed attire. Sheryl Crow energized the crowd with a rendition of her hit “All I Wanna Do,” adapted for the Big Slick event.

Comedians like Kumail Nanjiani and Jeff Ross delivered hilarious and sometimes provocative performances, keeping the audience engaged and laughing throughout the night.

Honoring the Real Heroes

While the celebrities and performances were the highlight for many, the true focus of the night was the children at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Big Slick Party & Show once again demonstrated how humor, community spirit, and generosity can come together to make a significant impact.

The revival of “Da Bears” skit was not just a nod to “SNL” nostalgia but a powerful reminder of the event’s purpose. The night was a perfect blend of entertainment and philanthropy, ensuring that the legacy of Big Slick will continue to shine brightly in Kansas City for years to come.

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