(Meredith) -- Actor and singer Donnie Wahlberg started his new year by paying it forward.
He left a $2,020 tip for his server at an IHOP in St. Charles, Illinois. His wife Jenny McCarthy took to Twitter to praise her husband's generosity.
"@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 off like the amazing man he is. #ihop #2020tipchallenge," McCarthy tweeted to her 1.3 million followers, along with a photo of the receipt.
According to the receipt, the original bill was $78.45. The tip brought the total to $2,098.45. Wahlberg wrote on the receipt, "Thanks Bethany. Happy New Year" with a smiley face.
St. Charles, Illinois is located in the northern part of the state, about one hour west of Chicago.