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Philanthropists pay bills for SF 'Batkid' fantasy


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city of San Francisco is being rescued from paying the cost of staging the "Batkid" fantasy that captured the nation's imagination.

Philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman are picking up the city's $105,000 tab for allowing Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Northern California boy with leukemia, to fight villains and rescue a damsel in distress as a caped crusader on Nov. 15.

Maria Kong of the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation confirmed a San Francisco Chronicle report Sunday about the couple's gift.

City officials say most of the $105,000 in public funds went toward renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds that turned out to see "Batkid," who became a social media darling.

The elaborate fantasy was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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epcommunications January 20 2014 at 9:42 AM

Now that is true cosplay with a serious purpose! It just goes to show that cosplay is about more than just putting on a costume. Cosplay made this child's life a more unique and fruitful experience.

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vrcelex January 20 2014 at 4:17 AM

How wonderful!!

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ajpoolio1 January 20 2014 at 12:23 PM

nice

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Nick & Marge January 20 2014 at 12:24 PM

I think the story says it all.

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Nansie January 20 2014 at 12:29 PM

So wonderful the people who 'hand out' make the news and dreams come true. Kudo's to the Goldman Foundation for being there. If those of you want to participate? Then send a contribution to the Goldman Foundation or Make A Wish. they welcome your input anytime. I've made donations this way, and made it in the name of my grandsons (who've outgrown and in their teens) and put that in their birthday cards that a donation was made in their names. Why buy worthless gifts when you can do a win-win-win.

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nelson1431 January 20 2014 at 12:29 AM

Do most of you know how much miney is spent on the so called "Demostrations" by various groups in the City? They amounted to
millions per year, yet, you are complaining about such good deed for a child's "last wish"? How about the tremendous amount of money that was generated by the crowd that came downtown? It was good for the merchants, the City, and most importantly, showed how San Franncisco cares for humanity.

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shushinz January 20 2014 at 12:25 AM

I thought Make-A-Wish Foundation is supposed to pay for the events they arrange? Nothing in the article states that Make-A-Wish contributed anything. What does the Foundation do with the money it collects if it doesn't spend it on its sole beneficiaries?

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Billwcollier January 19 2014 at 11:55 PM

The Goldman's,nice people for sure

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hahaha January 19 2014 at 11:37 PM

This story is great. makes me want to move back to Calif. If they would just lower the taxes.

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hpycmpr155 hahaha January 20 2014 at 7:25 AM

I grew up in California..I would NEVER move back.
The place is the nation's looney bin.

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Lisa January 19 2014 at 11:34 PM

God Bless you Goldman's, and all the others that contributed. What a beautiful gift and memory to give to a child. I donated as well, but not able to provide your generous contribution.
May God Bless you for your generousity and thoughtfulness.

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