Houston Rockets sent lunch to hospital workers on Easter
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The Houston Rockets donated meals to city health care workers Sunday to thank them for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Post Oak Hotel and Italian restaurant La Griglia, which are both owned by Rockets billionaire owner Tilman Fertitta, also donated the meals on Easter Sunday to staff at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital locations. 

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“Houston has been amazing to us,” Ann Szapor, vice president and chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, told USA Today sports. “They’ve been donating food every week to our staff, and I wanted to say a special thank you today to the Rockets and to the Tilman Fertitta family.”

Sarah Joseph, community relations director for the Rockets, said the organization recognizes "the true heroes that are right in the midst of this battle on the front lines, and as an organization, we wanted to do something to show our gratitude, to say thank you," according to Houston-area ABC affiliate KTRK.

Fertitta said in an interview Saturday on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle” that he had furloughed a number of workers as a “favor” to give them access to unemployment benefits.

“I’m holding up pretty damn good,” Fertitta said during the interview. “But I’ve got 45,000 employees out there that we’ve had to furlough — that is so tremendously unfortunate — that we have to get back to work as soon as we can. These unemployment numbers of 16 million, and there’s no telling what it’s going to be next week. That’s what’s so sad about this whole crisis.”