ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright will be trading the mound for the mic on Monday when he hosts his first Big League Impact Sing Off and Karaoke Challenge to raise money for Cardinals Care and other local charities.
The event, which is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. CT at the Dave and Buster's location in Maryland Heights, Mo., will feature Wainwright and other St. Louis-area singers competing on stage for a cash prize. Dave and Buster's will donate 50 percent of the ticket sales to Big League Impact, Wainwright's charitable foundation.
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Michael Hall, the executive director of Cardinals Care, said during a Friday interview on KMOX that after the team canceled its first day of Winter Warm-Up, Wainwright called him to pledge half of the event's proceeds to Cardinals Care. Those funds, Hall said, will help make up for the donations lost by condensing Winter Warm-Up.
The rest of the money raised will be split between Crisis Aid, Operation Food Search and the Big League Impact Global Initiative.
Tickets to Monday's event can be purchased through Wainwright's foundation website, bigleagueimpact.org. VIP tickets, which include a $30 Dave and Buster's game card, T-shirt, buffet and two drink tickets, are available for $150. General admission tickets are $25. Anyone who purchased a general admission ticket will receive a $10 game card and raffle ticket for a chance to sing on stage with Wainwright.
Wainwright has promised to perform three songs, and he gave fans a taste of what they're in for when he tweeted a short video of himself singing a Taylor Swift hit in the shower.
Wainwright is choosing his challengers from audition tapes sent to @bigleagueimpact. Two wild card spots will be filled at the venue. The sing-off winner will go home with a $500 prize.
Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.