By being inspired by Donnie Wahlberg, who plays Tom's on-screen son, Tom Selleck left $2020 and a Christmas note for servers at an Italian restaurant, which reads: "For Elios, I am honoring my friend Donnie Wahlberg's 'Tip Challenge' with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all."
Tom Selleck has warmed many hearts by doing one of the most generous acts of kindness by leaving his restaurant servers a $2020 tip for Christmas.
According to People Magazine, Tom was inspired by Donnie Wahlberg, who championed the $2020 tip challenge. Donnie acts as Tom's on-screen son in a CBC series.
The $2020 tip challenge started in January 2020 when a server at Thunder Bay River Restaurant received a $2020 tip on a $23 bill. Since then people are taking a part in this campaign leaving behind generous tips for servers.
Earlier this year, 51-year old Wahlberg, championed the 2020 Tip Challenge earlier this year in a bid to encourage celebrities and other wealthy people to give a $2020 tip to people in the service industry who have had their businesses and livelihoods negatively affected by COVID-19.
Tom too jumped on the bandwagon of doing good for others and left $2020 along with a Christmas note for the servers of the Italian restaurant.
According to People, Wahlberg told that Selleck made the donation back in November, but kept it a secret until he recently informed Wahlberg about it.
On the 23rd of December, Wednesday, Donnie posted a picture of the receipt and a signed note from Selleck on his Twitter account which has 1.4 million followers. Donnie tweeted this with the caption:
"I found out that my TV Dad #TomSelleck has generously accepted the #2020TipChallenge at Elios Upper East Side! Love ya dad. I didn’t start it but I’m proud to be part of it. To those who gave even the smallest extra amount this year — THANK YOU. [sic]"
Selleck's note given to the servers reads, "For Elios, I am honoring my friend Donnie Wahlberg's 'Tip Challenge' with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all."
In a post made to his 1.4 million Twitter followers on Wednesday, December 23, 51-year-old Wahlberg shared a picture of the receipt and a signed note from Selleck himself, which reads:
"For Elios, I am honoring my friend Donnie Wahlberg's 'Tip Challenge' with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all."
I found out that my TV Dad #TomSelleck has generously accepted the #2020TipChallenge at Elios Upper East Side!— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) December 24, 2020
Love ya dad. ❤️
I didn’t start it but I’m proud to be part of it. To those who gave even the smallest extra amount this year — THANK YOU.#spreadloveandlovewillspread pic.twitter.com/1NcEswVbsO
As per The Daily Mail, on November 7, Donnie also left a tip of $2020 at The Marshland, Massachusetts, on a lunchtime bill of $35.27. The restaurant used its official Instagram account to thank Wahlberg for his generosity by uploading a picture of his check.
The caption on Instagram said, "A very special thank you to our friend @donniewahlberg! When asked about it all he said was 'who’s up next?!'"
Later, in an interview with People Magazine, Marty Finch, the owner of the eatery told that the tip from Donnie was given to a waitress named Denise. Finch told the magazine, "Donnie has been here before in the past and he always asks for [Denise]. He had his normal order: steak tips with some grilled asparagus and some poached eggs. She always knows what he wants."
Finch further added, "While leaving the restaurant, Donnie said, 'Denise, you’re all set. The payment is on the table.' She always says he’s a very good tipper anyway but her jaw dropped, to say the least when she saw that amount of tip."
Marty Finch also said, "Me, as the owner, we’ve struggled these last eight months. We’ve really tried to keep these doors open. We actually closed for a couple of months because it just wasn’t looking good.
"But we reopened, and it’s been a blessing that we did. We’re kind of like a homecooked-food-neighborhood-type restaurant, so it’s just been a really good feeling all around."
Finch informed People that instead of keeping the tip for herself, she divided it among her colleagues, and also donated some to charity.
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