And he’s not the only one…  but first, here’s what happened, New Year’s Day.

Mr. & Mrs. Wahlberg are known for their generosity, around here.  Did you know that the star of the long-running CBS hit TV series, Blue Bloods, is from the west suburbs of Chicago?

Donnie Wahlberg and his wife, Jenny McCarthy, enjoyed a Sunday brunch at IHOP.  She posted the receipt for their $78 bill (+ the $2,020 tip = $2,098) on Twitter:  “@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is.  #2020tipchallenge.”

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 15: Donnie Wahlberg attends the Keurig 2.0 Launch Pop-Up Celebration on October 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

McCarthy, who is a judge on the hit Fox show, the Masked Singer, is originally from Geneva.  She and Wahlberg married and spent their first honeymoon night at the Hotel Baker, in Saint Charles.


A Michigan server, Danielle Franzoni, feels that same kind of generosity.  Franzoni received a tip of $2,020 to kick off the New Year.

The 31-year-old single mother was working at the Thunder Bay River Restaurant in Alpena, MI, Sunday, when a generous couple left the tip – on a $23 bill, with the message:  “Happy New Year.  2020 Tip Challenge.”

Franzoni says she was living in a homeless shelter, just one year ago, and couldn’t believe the couple’s generosity.  She says she later went to another restaurant, and left a tip of $20.20 to “pay it forward.”

[Will you continue the 2020 Tip Challenge?  I think I will.  ~ Mo]

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