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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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Cindy January 20 2014 at 2:01 PM

This is wonderful, if there was just more kindness in the world....

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sonofra1 January 20 2014 at 1:42 PM

Nice gesture ...but it would have been nicer to have kept the "tab" secret. True acts of kindness and charity are done for their own sake ("let not the right hand not know what the left hand does"). To speak of cost or effort takes away from the act and moves it closer to a "promotional" effort. It is alright to feel good about acts of kindness and generosity ...but, it should be a far second to the genuine humility and unassuming modesty of the act. What did it cost folks? Hey... its taken care of. Have a nice day Bat-Kid.

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fabulousginny January 20 2014 at 2:05 PM

I understand "let not the right hand not know what the left hand does" - God knows you! He also knows the selfless! Thank you John and Marcia Goldman!!

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greengrizzley3 January 20 2014 at 1:13 PM

For someone to help pay for this is Positively WONDERFUL!!!
This has made a Kid VERY Happy and there is NO Price on the Happiness and joy that is given to a Child.
Thank You to those that helped to make his Wish / Dream come true.

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erin January 20 2014 at 1:01 PM

Thank you for your extreme kindness, humanity and generosity, John and Marcia Goldman. If there were more people like you, this would be a much better world. I truly wish that I could afford to do something so selfless. And bless the Make A Wish Foundation for making this happen.

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chrisindanorth January 20 2014 at 1:01 PM

That is so great and all that this kid got to have his wish so overdone it was quite pathetic. The Make-A-Wish Foundation needs to start setting some limits, because this whole thing has been one big slap in the face to all of the other children that have had wishes. What are they going to say to the next kid that says he wants to do the same thing that Batkid did? "Oh no, we just did it for that boy, because somehow he deserved more than you." This whole thing is just plain wrong and has been nothing more than one big publicity stunt for Make-A-Wish and San Francisco. To those that say shame on me, shame on you for supporting this publicity stunt and disappointing the other children that could have benefited from that money.

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greasemonkey January 20 2014 at 12:36 PM

I`m surprised the whole Hollywood crowd didn't get in on this.

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Dean Sutton January 20 2014 at 1:06 PM

Because they did not get any star time from this!

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ewing1936charles January 20 2014 at 1:13 PM

They may have - many do no publish their charities

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abrath8793 January 20 2014 at 12:35 PM

Why were "any" tax payers dollars used in this ? This was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation.The city should not have incurred a single dime of expense. That's what that organization was all about...or so I thought. I'm glad Miles got his wish,because that's what it's all about.

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chrisindanorth January 20 2014 at 1:03 PM

I just wonder how many other children out there would have wanted the same and were told it was too costly or deliberately picked something within reason.

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Dean Sutton January 20 2014 at 1:05 PM

Have you wondered where the money comes from to pay all the extra costs of security when the pres comes to town or clean-up costs when another Gay-pride parade happens? Make-a-Wish supposed to have the money for that ,too?

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fb723 January 20 2014 at 12:34 PM

Nice

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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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Nick & Marge January 20 2014 at 12:24 PM

I think the story says it all.

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