Highlights from the Big Slick auction stage: Singing, dancing, joking, celebrating
CNN journalist Jake Tapper and actors Charlie Day, Adam Devine and Will Forte are the first wave of guests to be announced for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend 2018.
The four, announced Monday, will join hometown hosts Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner on June 1 and 2 to raise money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy hospital.
Each weekday through May 18, organizers will announce additional guests, for an expected total of 36, the most ever.
This will be the first Big Slick appearance for Day and Devine.
Devine starred in the first two "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and got to know Stonestreet through a recurring role as Andy on ABC's "Modern Family."
Day starred with Sudeikis in both "Horrible Bosses" movies and stars in FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Tapper, who also came to Big Slick last year and in 2014, is the Emmy Award-winning host of CNN's “The Lead With Jake Tapper.”
Forte, another Big Slick alum, created the Emmy-nominated Fox show “The Last Man on Earth” and co-starred with Rudd in "Role Models."
The celebs will join in on three big events open to the public:
▪ The celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. June 1 at Kauffman Stadium. Anyone with a ticket to the Royals vs. Oakland Athletics game at 7:15 p.m. that night can come early to watch the celebrity game beforehand. If you purchase through royals.com/bigslick, $5 goes to the charity.
▪ The bowling tournament at Pinstripes in the Prairiefire shopping center in Overland Park on June 2. Tickets are $2,500 through bigslickkc.org. But there's no charge for the outdoor block party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes the celebrity red carpet arrival.
▪ The party and charity auction at 7 p.m. June 2 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Last year's big-ticket items included visits to the sets of Rudd's "Ant-Man" sequel and Stonestreet's "Modern Family."
Tickets for the auction are sold out. But for $10, fans can enter to win VIP passes to be backstage and even onstage, plus air and hotel accommodations for two. Details on the sweepstakes are at bigslickkc.org.
Since its beginnings in 2010 as a charity poker tournament, Big Slick has raised over $6.2 million toward research, hospital amenities and medical equipment. Last year alone, Big Slick raised a record $1.75 million.