(Associated Press) The city of San Francisco spent $105,000 in public funds to honor a 5-year-old boy with leukemia who captivated the nation with his exploits as "Batkid," and it hopes to recoup the money through private donations, the mayor's spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Most of the money 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 caped crusader Miles Scott receive a chocolate key to the city, said Christine Falvey, communications director for Mayor Ed Lee.
"What started out as a few hundred people at most on the steps of City Hall ... grew into what would obviously attract a 20,000-plus crowd," Falvey said. "They weren't going to see anything the way we originally had it set up."
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