Saluting our Healthcare Workers

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As the world slowly starts to wake from the pause that we have all taken, health care  and hospital workers are continuing to be taxed and stressed by the enormous toll of treating victims of the pandemic. It has been a relentless task, and we have all expressed gratitude, as shown by the 7PM applause they receive each evening throughout New York.

Here is a beautiful video produced by Wicked the Musical thanking these heroes—inspiring and moving .

Now, a really great way to show gratitude to healthcare workers is to feed them.  And, another legendary New York restaurant has jumped into the fray to to do just that.

Saluting our Healthcare Workers

Tony’s di Napoli has instituted a wonderful way for all of us to get involved, and to help support the restaurant during this financial crisis. Tony’s is delivering meals to hospital workers throughout the city.

For $25 you can provide a meal for a healthcare worker, and Tony’s will match your donation with a second meal for another front line warrior. Learn more here.

I love this program that Tony’s has initiated.

You can hear my interview with Bruce Dimpflmaier, the General Manager of Tony’s, on Bagels and Broadway this Saturday morning (info below.)  Also on the program, Francesca Capetta, founder of Caravan of Angels, providing musical entertainment to the elderly, and Broadway star Sarah Stiles, who is starring in a new musical…on podcast.

Saluting our Healthcare Workers

Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone” radio show and podcast, Saturday mornings from 9-10 on WNYM radio, available online, Alexa and on podcast.


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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