Philanthropists have rescued San Francisco from a $105,000 tab the city incurred in November when it turned itself into Gotham City for "Batkid," a 5-year-old
Miles Scott, who has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old, brought the city to a halt Nov. 15 as he rode in a donated "Batmobile" -- a black Lamborghini tricked out with Batman logos -- along streets thronged with people cheering him on as he battled villains and saved the Giants' mascot, Lou Seal, at AT&T park.
All that staged action, though, came at a price. City officials had reportedly planned to cover the $105,000 tab with income from the fees that conventions pay for use of the Moscone Center. The
That's when philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman stepped in.
"We thought, 'Wait a minute. They shouldn't have to pay for such a good deed and such an amazing event,'" John Goldman told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation had expected a few hundred volunteers to show up, but the Nov. 15 event became a larger-than-life spectacle, with more than 14,000 fans pouring in from across the city and the surrounding region to witness the crime-fighting tyke dressed as Batman.
Local television covered the hours-long event live, beaming aerial images of his adventures. Members of
The public response prompted the city to amp up Mayor Ed Lee's presentation of a chocolate key to the city with professional staging and big-screen TVs, but that inflated the tab to $105,000.