Auburn Ave Theater to host Olympic opening ceremony viewing party, auction to support Team Kukors

Auburn's Olympics-bound Ariana Kukors is the world record-holder in the 200-meter individual medley.
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The public is invited to enjoy the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics at 7 p.m. Friday and support Auburn's Ariana Kukors' participation in the London Games at the iconic Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.

Fans can catch the opening ceremonies on the big screen (KING 5) and participate in a silent auction to support the Kukors family.

Auction items include: Olympian heroes poster; Kindle Fire e-reader and two Roku players; rafting trip for four in Montana; HP laptop/Intel; four Mariner Tickets and two Jay Buhner –signed baseballs; a wine basket and art from a local artist, and other prizes.

Gold medal margaritas will be served.

Kukors, a 2007 graduate of Auburn Mountainview High School and a Pac-10 champion at the University of Washington, swam her way to a second-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:11.30 at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Kukors' efforts earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

According to KING 5, Kukors will be competing at:

• Monday, July 30 – 200 IM heats – 2:49 a.m., to be aired on NBC Daytime or Late Night

• July 30 – semifinals – 12:51 p.m., to be aired on NBC Daytime or Late Night

• Tuesday, July 31 – finals – 12:39 p.m. – to be aired on NBC Primetime

Team Kukors supporters and community members are invited to help send the family off to London. They are organizing fundraising efforts to help them cover the cost of the trip.

Email to order your Kukors' T-shirt.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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