Star Wars The Force For Change Is Strong With STAR WARS Fans written by Sean Gerber August 11, 2014 Fans from our not so far away galaxy deserve a pat on the back today. Together, they raised $4.26 million for UNICEF through STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE. Disney added in another $1 million in donations. Proving the universal power and appeal of STAR WARS, donations to UNICEF came in from 125 countries around the world. One generous, deservedly lucky fan, D.C. Barns, won the grand prize and will appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, which is currently in production. You can see D.C.’s reaction to the news in the video below and get complete details on STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE via press release. STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE PROGRAM CONCLUDES BY RAISING AN UNPRECEDENTED $4.26 MILLION FOR UNICEF INNOVATION LABS AND PROGRAMS FROM DONORS IN 125 COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE DISNEY COMMITTED AN ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN Money Will Support the Equivalent of 7-8 New Innovation Labs to Aid Children and Families With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, Star Wars: Force for Change raised $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, who shared during a donor video chat that the first time he saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five. “I loved it! … I just couldn’t get it out of my head of 35 years.” D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Once settled, D.C. exclaimed, “This! This is my new favorite Star Wars moment!” D.C. will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set, and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode Vll. UNICEF’s current network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Disney committed an additional US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible. Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and programs. The Force For Change Is Strong With STAR WARS Fans was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Force for ChangeStar Wars: The Force Awakens 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Star Wars With Friends #3: CLONE WARS VOLUME 1 next post MMM #207: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Q&A You may also like D23 EXPO Boasts An Impressive Lineup Including... July 21, 2015 STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Coming To Theaters... March 12, 2015 Be a Force For Change, Be In... May 21, 2014 MMM Podcast #175: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII... May 5, 2014 Popular Opinion Podcast: STAR WARS: THE FORCE... January 18, 2016 MMM Podcast #182: Gareth Edwards Directing The... May 23, 2014 2016 in Review: The Year the Good... January 2, 2017 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Covers EW... November 11, 2015 Why I’m Wary of Overhype for STAR... October 22, 2015 John Williams Is Officially Scoring ‘Star Wars:... July 27, 2013 ElrondL Thanks for posting the video! Can’t lie, I got a bit choked up — it’s awesome that someone from my generation won. 🙂 What a terrific showing by Star Wars fans from around the world. Heck, we’re all winners since we get new movies.