Cedar Point is auctioning off the first public rides on its new roller coaster, Rougarou, in a fund-raiser to benefit the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Bidding is now open to be among the first 64 riders at a special event on Friday, May 8, a day before the park opens to the public. The online auction is open through Sunday, May 3.

Anyone who bids at least $123 also will be invited to the May 8 event to ride Rougarou, a floorless coaster that has been created from the tracks of Mantis.

The money will support the LeBron James Family Foundation, an organization that works to support healthy children, single-parent households and reduce high-school dropout rates.

Last summer, Cedar Point offered to name a roller coaster after James, an Akron native, if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Instead, James -- who announced his return to the Cavs on July 11 -- brokered a multi-year relationship between the park and his foundation, which includes Cedar Point hosting the organization's annual "I Promise Family Reunion" event.

In addition to being the first to ride Rougarou, top bidders also will receive two Cedar Point tickets, a Rougarou ball cap and a commemorative medallion. The top eight bidders also will receive a rare Nike LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary High School basketball jersey.

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