Saturday, July 4, 2015

City of San Francisco spent $105,000 on Batkid

Last Friday, the Internet came to a grinding halt as everyone with a computer or mobile device rededicated their afternoons to following the exploits of Batkid, the 5-year-old boy battling leukemia and The Riddler in downtown San Francisco.

City of San Francisco spent $105,000 on Batkid

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Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

Last Friday, the Internet came to a grinding halt as everyone with a computer or mobile device rededicated their afternoons to following the exploits of Batkid, the 5-year-old boy battling leukemia and The Riddler in downtown San Francisco.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation organized for Miles Scott to travel around town stopping a bank robbery and rescuing a woman tied to the train tracks. Originally, the whole shebang was supposed to be a small-scale production. But, once the Internet got its hands on it, the plot thickened dramatically.

The original script had Lee taking a break from his duties simply to present Batkid with a chocolate key to the city. Make-A-Wish Foundation, the organization that arranged the big day for 5-year-old leukemia patientMiles Scott, figured on a few hundred volunteers showing up.

But by the time the event rolled around Friday, the crowd estimate had swelled to 14,500 and the simple presentation had grown into a full-blown production, complete with big-screen TVs and professional, high-tech staging.

The city will pay for the tab using money charged to conventions that use Moscone Center. It's the same pot of cash that funds the $150,000 Fourth of July fireworks show.

$105,000 to make Batkid's dream come true and bring a feeling of joy and togetherness to everyone in the city? Well worth it. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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