Alex Trebek Donated “Jeopardy!” Wardrobe So Down On Their Luck People Would Have Clothes For Job Interviews

Even after passing away, Alex Trebek has remained a good and caring man. The Trebek family and “Jeopardy!” have donated the late host’s outfit to The Doe Fund. This organization finds paid work, housing, continuing education, vocational training, and social services to Americans with histories of incarceration, addiction, and homelessness. Fourteen suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 ties, and a variety of other items of clothing were donated at the suggestion of Trebek’s son Matthew. As part of The Doe Fund’s “Ready, Willing, and Able” reentry program, the clothing will be given to men who require them for job interviews.

Throughout his life, Alex Trebek was a passionate and engaged philanthropist. In a 2014 podcast interview with The Nerdist, Trebek revealed that he donated a large portion of his income to charity every year. He gave the Santa Monica Conservancy 74 acres of land in the Hollywood Hills in 1998. The public parkland was expanded by half thanks to the donation. In order to support the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, he gave $5 million to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa, in 2016. He has given the institution a total of $7.5 million in donations. Midway through 2020, Trebek gave $500,000 to Hope Central, a facility run by the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in the San Fernando Valley. The upcoming 50,000 square foot structure is planned to house only senior persons who are homeless in the San Fernando Valley. Trebek didn’t simply give this to her once. He has been giving money to Hope of the Valley for many years. He donated the group $100,000 in March 2020 to use toward a North Hollywood project. When that building is finished, the “Alex and Jean Trebek Multi-Purpose Room” will be there. Additionally, it will contain a laundry area, restrooms, and roughly 80 beds.

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Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” from 1984 until 2020. In March 2019, he received a stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Trebek passed away as a result of his cancer on November 8, 2020, at the age of 80. “Jeopardy!” In a statement, executive producer Mike Richards said:

“Alex preached about the virtues of everyone reaching out their hands and hearts to the hurting on his final day on set. Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”

The Doe Fund’s president, Harriet McDonald, issued the following statement: “We are extremely appreciative of “Jeopardy!” and the Trebek family’s dedication to supporting the weakest members of society. The guys who participate in our career training programs are constantly in need of business clothes so they may look their best during job interviews and function with assurance after being employed. This gift removes the burden of lacking adequate attire.”

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