And made some people's dreams come true
Some lucky Cubs fans were able to attend the World Series after 165 different people set up campaigns on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe. In total, donations reached a whopping $135,000.
Among those who received the donations were diehard Cubs lovers Jim Mowery, 83, and his 75-year-old brother, Dave Mowery, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The two, along with Jim’s son Andrew Mowery, were able to attend Game Seven of the Series after Andrew set up a fundraising page for them just a day before the game.
After the campaign raised an impressive $3,500 in a mere 15 hours, Andrew proceeded to find tickets on StubHub. All three of them were on a flight to Cleveland the next morning, the Sun-Times reports.
This wasn’t the first time the brothers had attended a World Series game. The two went to a game at Wrigley Filed in 1945—the last time the Cubs made it to the World Series. But compared to today’s prices, a ticket in the ’40s was a tad cheaper: The brothers paid a modest $1.50 for a ticket, or about $20 today when adjusted for inflation.
The Mowery’s weren’t the only ones who were so lucky: Roger “Blue” Mhoon, a cancer patient, attended Game Three of the Series with his wife, Amanda. After a GoFundMe campaign set up for him by family and friends raised $28,000, the two were able to pay for the $5,500 tickets, first class airfare, meals, a car service, and a hotel room.