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San Francisco "Batkid" Stunt Costs $105,000 as Mayor Tries to Make HImself Center of Attention in Make-a-Wish Charity Case

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The bill for San Francisco's Batkid day is coming in at $105,000—with the big-ticket item being the Civic Center celebration that co-starred Mayor Ed Lee.

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 patient Miles 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.