Enter Brian Murphy—a.k.a. DJ Murph—a restaurant fan participating in a viral “Venmo Challenge.” The objective was to collect micro-donations via social media—as little as 50 cents—to reach a preset goal. Once the goal is reached, the patron passes the money along to a worthy server in the form of a tip.When Murphy hit his $1,000 benchmark he chose Lucille’s, recently re-opened after a three-month pandemic-related hiatus, as the place to pay his goodwill forward.Peter, randomly assigned to wait on Murphy’s table, was stunned by the generous gesture, and was practically speechless as Murphy counted out the tip to the cheers of restaurant-goers and thrilled members of Lucille’s staff.RELATED: Good Samaritans Shock Stranger in a Parking Lot Offering to Transport Their Appliance When it Doesn’t FitLater, after he’d had time to digest his amazing luck, an extremely thankful Peter was able to reflect on his good fortune. In an interview with KPIX 5, he said the unexpected windfall was something of a godsend.“Now I don’t have to worry about paying rent next month,” Peter said, “and I can put some money aside… Words can’t describe how grateful I am for what Brian, DJ Murph did for me… I’m just so grateful.” SHARE The Kindness And Brighten Someone’s Day…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe restaurant industry is one of the hardest-hit by COVID-19 and no one’s felt the financial pinch more than the servers who earn their livelihoods when people dine out.Credit: Instagram/@therealdjmurphUnsurprisingly, waiter Peter Murray was eager to get back at work at Lucille’s Smokehouse—a longtime local favorite in Concord, California—hoping to make up for lost time and wages.Unbeknownst to him, fate was about to hand him a once-in-a-lifetime gratuity. But Murphy’s generosity didn’t stop there. Having managed to raise $400 more than his original goal, the big-hearted DJ gifted the balance of his challenge earnings to the restaurant host.Thrilled by the outcome, Murphy has already begun another challenge and plans to surprise other unsuspecting servers with over-the-top tips each time he reaches his $1,000 goal.MORE: This Nurse is a Hometown Hero for Creating A ‘Take-What-You-Need’ Pantry For Her Virginia HospitalThat said, while very few of us have the means to tip $1,000 after a meal, when and if you do decide to dine out one of these days, we hope you’ll remember to tip your server generously. It just might make their day.(WATCH the sweet Venmo moment below.)
The NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign allows players the opportunity to publicly highlight the causes that are most important to them through personalized designs and messages on their cleats. Ten players, including eight who serve as Fuel Up to Play 60 ambassadors, have chosen to feature their commitment to the program. Fuel Up to Play 60 was created 10 years ago by the dairy checkoff and NFL to improve health and wellness in schools across the country.advertisementadvertisement“It’s great to see these players put their passion for Fuel Up to Play 60 and children’s health and wellness priorities on full display,” said Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey, who serves as chair of Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff. “NFL players and dairy farmers are very united in this cause, and our 10-year partnership has delivered healthy change in kids’ lives across the country.”All 32 NFL teams are involved with Fuel Up to Play 60. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,000 player visits have taken place at schools involved in the program.“There is nothing more important to our country than dairy farmers. … They contribute so much, and we are proud to partner with them,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in September.Players will display Fuel Up to Play 60 messaging and logos or Holstein-patterned prints on their cleats. They will share images of their cleats and information about their cause on their social media channels ahead of the games using the hashtag #mycausemycleats.The players and their respective Twitter and Instagram handles are:advertisementJustin Pugh, Arizona Cardinals (@JustinPugh/@justinpugh67)Nate Ebner, New England Patriots (@nateebner/@ebs43)Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos (@jsimms1119/@jsimms1119)Morgan Moses, Washington Redskins (IG: @morganmoses_76)Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (@MattBreida/@mbreida22)DJ Reader, Houston Texans (@djread98/@djread)Harrison Phillips, Buffalo Bills (@horribleharry99/@harrisonphillips99)Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins (@lastname_baker/@lastname_baker)Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs (@mitchschwartz71/@mitchschwartz71)Dontrell Hilliard, Cleveland Browns (@D_Hilliard26/@d_hilliard26)The checkoff also will share information via its Twitter and Instagram properties: @FUTP60.The NFL is producing television spots that will air during game broadcasts and highlight different players’ causes. The 49ers’ Matt Breida will be included with a message on the importance of youth health and wellness. The spots will also be shared across the NFL’s social media channels.Players will have the opportunity to raise money for their cause by auctioning their cleats off at https://nflauction.nfl.com/. One-hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to the player’s charities.Since its creation, Fuel Up to Play 60 has awarded more than $48 million in grants that have improved school wellness. Many of these efforts have moved more dairy. Schools used grants to implement programs that improved breakfast participation, including providing access to smoothies, coffee and hot chocolate, plus grab-and-go opportunities that allow students to eat in the classroom. Since 2010, efforts such as these have led to an additional 1.2 billion pounds of milk use at schools. —From Dairy Management Inc. news releasePHOTO: Shoes that will be worn by Mitchell Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs. Photo courtesy of Dairy Management Inc.advertisement Ten National Football League (NFL) players will vividly showcase their passion for the farmer-created Fuel Up to Play 60 program during games played on Dec. 8.