Donnie Wahlberg Is Spreading Holiday Cheer With a 2020 Tip Challenge

Donnie Wahlberg is hoping to spur a movement this holiday season, and he is leading by example. Wahlberg made the news on Nov. 7 after leaving a $2,020 tip on a lunch bill while dining in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In what is known as the 2020 Tip Challenge, the Blue Bloods star is challenging those around him to open their wallets for waitstaffs.

Donnie Wahlberg left a monster tip while visiting a restaurant in Massachusetts

Wahlberg is hoping to inject a little cheer into an otherwise bleak holiday season. The musician turned actor reportedly sat down for a solo lunch at Marshland Restaurant and Bakery in Plymouth, MA, on Nov. 7. When he was done, he gave his server, who he reportedly asks for by name any time he’s in the eatery, a massive tip.

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Wahlberg left a $2,020 tip on his $35.27 bill. The eatery tweeted about the supersized tip, along with a photo of the receipt. On the receipt, Wahlberg scribbled the hashtag 2020tipchallenge. The Blue Bloods star is challenging everyone to give a little extra where they can. The lucky recipient of the tip, Denise Andrews, is reportedly giving back, too. According to The Daily Mail, Andrews shared the wealth by donating some of her earnings. 

Wahlberg left a similarly large tip in January 2020

Wahlberg isn’t just a one-off big tipper. The New Kids on the Block frontman left a similarly large tip back in January 2020, hoping to help a waiter start the year off right. Long before the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the United States, Wahlberg dined at IHOP with his wife, Jenny McCarthy.

Donnie Wahlberg appers in 'Blue Bloods'
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To spread a bit of holiday cheer, Wahlberg tipped his waitress, Bethany Provencher, $2,020. The New Year’s Day bill was $75.45. According to Page Six, the giant tip helped Provencher furnish her new apartment. In 2017, Wahlberg surprised the waitstaff in a Charlotte, North Carolina eatery. After a trip to the local Waffle House, he left a $2,000 tip for the wait staff.

What is Donnie Wahlberg known for?

Wahlberg first appeared in the public eye back in the 1980s as a member of New Kids on the Block. Wahlberg was the first member of the group and helped recruit his friends and family into the mix. Later, after New Kids on the Block broke up, Wahlberg began an acting career, much like his younger brother, Mark Wahlberg.

Donnie Wahlberg appears on stage with New Kids on the Block
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While his early success was in music, most people know Wahlberg for his work on the screen. He has appeared in Blue Bloods since 2010. He also appeared in Band of Brothers in 2001 and the Saw franchise. In Saw II, Wahlberg’s character, Eric Matthews, is introduced as a corrupt detective. He appeared in Saw III and Saw IV, too.