The devastating earthquake that struck on December 26, 2004 off the coast of Indonesia and the tsunamis it caused across the Indian Ocean killed over 280,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.
Lucasfilm decided to raise a little money to benefit the Red Cross’s efforts in the region by having an auction where the highest bidder and a guest got to attend its Skywalker Ranch premiere of ROTS before the film was released to theaters. That was the event filmed for MTV’s special about ROTS, an affair complete with barbecue, rock bands, and celebrities.
I don’t exactly remember what the winning bid was but I have met one of the winners, who went and bid with a friend, and I think she shelled out 10 grand. All for a good cause!