Friday's daylong "Batkid" event, which found people around world rushing to support the staged heroics of a 5-year-old boy with leukemia, turned out to be a tremendous success. Miles Scott got to live his dream, and even President Obama got involved. Turning Scott's wish into a reality did not come without a price tag, however: San Francisco, the backdrop for Batkid's makeshift Gotham City, spent $105,000 in public funds to better host the affair, and now the Make-a-Wish Foundation is raising private funds in an effort to pay back the city.
The Associated Press reports that most of the $105,000 "went toward renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment at the last minute to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds that gathered outside City Hall" to watch the Batkid hijinks unfold.
On Friday, San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar used budget concerns to rain on the Batkid parade, writing on Instagram, "Waiting for Miles the BatKid & Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could have been fed from the $$." Now the Make-a-Wish Foundation's San Francisco chapter is hoping to reimburse the city via private donations, which presumably will not be too difficult considering the outpouring of support Batkid has already conjured. (Isn't there some tech mogul that can dig around in his couch cushions for that kind of cash?)
In an interview with the AP, Christine Falvey, communications director for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, seemed unperturbed about the Batkid day's costs. "It was a very successful event. We were honored to be part of it," she said. "Miles gave to us more than we gave to him."