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San Francisco Becomes Gotham City as Part of Make-A-Wish Event

November 12, 2013
by Jacque Porte

On Friday, November 15th, San Francisco will be transformed into Gotham City to help make a 5 year-old boy’s Make-A-Wish dream come true. The city and the public will participate in Friday’s event, starting with Police Chief Greg Suhr calling upon Miles, a.k.a. "Batkid," to help fight crime in the city. Miles will spend the day rescuing damsels and facing some of Batman’s most infamous foes.

Events like these demonstrate to citizens how cities strive towards the public good, and as a result encourages a new level of citizen engagement between municipalities and the people.

When Miles finishes his day of crimefighting, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will present Batkid with a key to the city at City Hall. City officials and Make-A-Wish representatives have encouraged members of the public to participate in the day’s events as a flash mob to cheer Miles on his way.

Jen Wilson, marketing and promotions manager for Make-A-Wish in San Francisco, has noted the interest in the event has been “extreme.” Wilson noted, “We’ve gotten people who want to volunteer to participate, actors reaching out asking if they can play a role, photographers and videographers offering their services, people who want to give Miles gifts, makeup artists willing to donate their services, a fire truck that want to come out and show their support.”

Miles’ parents say the boy knows little of what the city has planned. "He knows he may be getting a costume," Wilson said with a laugh. "Little does he know..."

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