COVID-19 PROM edition




Hi everyone and welcome back to the Happy Munday Podcast. It's been a while since my last episode but I figured it's high time for some good news. Unfortunately, I'm holed up and don't have my regular sound equipment so I hope you'll forgive me for that. If you're just now finding this podcast, my name is Evan Machnic and I want to help get your week started right. Each episode, we pick some great news that you may have missed so make sure and hit that subscribe button.


On this episode, the staff at a saloon in Colorado get a huge gratuity, Jack Ryan puts on a prom for the world, and a World War 2 veteran gets his own parade

First Story

Staff at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo, Colorado were amazed to receive a $4000 tip from one of their regulars. While his bill only totaled $18, a young man handed the owner a check for $4000 because he said that he liked the place and wanted to make sure it was taken care of. The owner said he could only take the money if he could distribute it to his employees. This is not the only good news for the bar as the community has continued to rally and make sure to tip the staff generously so they can keep their jobs.

Second Story

In London, a 99-year-old veteran has raised millions for healthcare workers. It started with Captain Tom Moore's daughter encouraging him to walk the 50-yard-long length of his yard. She pledged him one pound per length; if he completed 100 by his 100th birthday then that would be 100 pounds. They started a JustGiving page to allow other people to give as well and then the local media picked up the story. After only 11 days, they'd raised 18 million pounds or around 22 million dollars.

Third Story

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the COVID-19 quarantine has been school kids missing their regular school activities. For my daughter, she won't get to celebrate her birthday with her class or do the kindergarten sleepover. John Krasinski, of The Office and Jack Ryan, recently held a virtual prom to try and make this a bit easier for high school seniors. On his "Some Good News" show and enlisting the help of some big names, like Billie Eilish and the Jonas Brothers, Krasinski put together an amazing night of virtual performances. Kids and parents from all over posted pictures and videos in their tuxedos and prom dresses with many saying it was a fantastic experience.

Fourth Story

At a Maryland hospital, therapy dog, Loki, has been delivering healthcare hero kits to nurses on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic. Caroline Benzel, a second-year medical student at the University of Maryland got Loki, a rotweiler, when she started medical school. She got him as a therapy dog to help patenst in the hospital. When she got pulled from school to help full-time on the pandemic, she noticed that many of her co-workers were getting rashes from wearing the protective gear all the time. She started putting together kits with lotions, gum, and tea for the workers and delivering them with Loki. After asking for donations via an Amazon Wishlist, she's made over 1400 kits.

Fifth Story

Recently, Alan Cameron, from Pearl River, NY turned 101 years old. He is a World War 2 veteran who fought in France and then went to Germany to investigate war crimes.To mark this big milestone, the local police department coordinated with the fire department and his neighbors to put on a social distancing parade. The vehicles lined up and drove by his house to wish him a happy birthday.


That does it for this episode of the Happy Munday Podcast. I'd like to thank our Ecstatic-level patron, John Machnic, and our top patron, Rich Machnic. If you like what you heard and want to join them, please consider becoming a patron at or on our Anchor page. If you can't contribute financially, it would help immensely if you could leave a review on Apple Podcasts. If you have some friends who you think would love some great news, make sure and share it with them. You can get in touch on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and check out our website We have some great swag like stickers, t-shirts, and coffee mugs if you search up happymundaypodcast on TeePublic. If you have a story that would be good for a future episode, send an email to Thank you for listening and here's the Happy Munday quote of the week from Helen Keller:

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.