As “Star Wars” fans around the world gear up to celebrate to 40th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise, Lucasfilm and Omaze have teamed up once again to offer fans a chance to win three once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience “Star Wars” as an insider — and it’s all for a good cause.
Launching today ahead of the of the May 25th anniversary of the release of the original “Star Wars,” the latest “Force for Change” fundraising initiative benefits UNICEF and the Starlight Foundation. The four week campaign offers three weekly prize packages, including:
- A night at Skywalker Ranch, comprising a VIP tour of the ranch and the Star Wars Archives, a night at Skywalker Inn (Lucasfilm’s onsite bed and breakfast) and a private screening of the 1977 classic that started it all, “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
- A visit to the set of the upcoming Han Solo anthology film in England, including a VIP tour to see costumes and props, a meet and greet with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and a chance to appear in the film itself.
- An invitation the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” including a walk on the red carpet, attendance at the exclusive after-party, and, of course, an opportunity to see the next installment of the “Star Wars” Saga before everyone else.
At the conclusion of the contest, one lucky fan will walk away with all three prize packages, and enough dreams-come-true to last several lifetimes.
A $10 donation earns 100 entries, but fans can give more to increase their chances of winning. And if that’s not enough incentive, the perks at higher donation levels include a Rebel Alliance X-wing pilot motorcycle helmet to protect riders on their journeys to a galaxy far, far, away or points elsewehere.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” co-stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) made a video to tell fans all about the fundraiser (and to speculate about the thread count of the bedding at Skywalker Inn):
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy praised the giving spirit of the “Star Wars” fan community in a statement coinciding with the campaign’s launch:
“In a year that we celebrate 40 years of the ‘Star Wars’ saga, I continue to be inspired by the incredible generosity and charitable efforts of our fans We are so proud of their tireless dedication to positively impact the lives of children and others around the world, and hope this year’s Force For Change campaign will offer a few of those wonderful fans an experience they will never forget.”
“Force for Change” launched in 2014, and has raised more than $13 million for various charities, including $8 million for UNICEF’s programs helping children around the world.