Alex Trebek's 'Jeopardy!' Wardrobe Donated to Those in Need
Hundreds of clothing items once worn by the host will now be used to help the underserved find a job
Published Feb 09, 2021While legendary Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek may be gone in body, he continues to live on in a variety ways, and this includes the Canadian's hugely generous charitable spirit. As proof of that, Trebek's old wardrobe has been donated to those in need.
The Doe Fund — a charity that provides a multitude of social services to Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration — has received 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties and more from the closet of the late Trebek.
The items were donated by Jeopardy! and the Trebek family following a suggestion of Trebek's son Matthew Trebek. The hope is the clothing will now help those in need as they take part in job interviews.
"During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering," said Mike Richards, executive producer of Jeopardy!, in a statement. "Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honour that last request."
The exact breakdown of the items is as follows: 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports coats, nine pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, two parkas and two pairs of dress slacks,
Harriet McDonald, president of the Doe Fund, said, "We are so grateful for Jeopardy! and the Trebek family's commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us. The men in our career training programs are always in need of professional attire, so they can shine in their job interviews and work with confidence once they're hired..."
She continued, "We understand the enormous loss Matt and Jean are going through, as well as their incredible resilience in the face of hardship. Last week, The Doe Fund's Founder and President of 35 years, my husband George McDonald, passed away. I'm thankful that George got to see Alex's suits delivered to the people we serve before he left us. This generous gift honours the legacies of both men, and I know they're smiling down on us."
Trebek lost his battle against pancreatic cancer last November. He was 80.