Alex Trebek’s legacy is about to grow larger with news of what’s become of the beloved Jeopardy! host’s wardrobe.
According to a CBS News report, hundreds of items from Trebek’s clothing collection were donated to the Doe Fund, an organization that “provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration.
The game show host’s social media account noted that the show and Trebek’s family donated a “large portion” of his wardrobe to the non-profit’s well-known “reentry program” — Ready, Willing & Able — for beneficiaries to wear during job interviews.
The show went on to provide an incredible accounting of the donation: 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, 9 sports coats, 9 pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, 2 parkas, and 3 pairs of dress slacks.
As the tweet thread noted, “The garments were packed by Matthew Trebek, Alex’s son who has been a supporter of the Doe Fund, and Steven Zimbelman, Jeopardy!’s costumer.”
Alex Trebek passed away in November, but according to those that knew him, this donation was very much in the spirit of how he lived.
“During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering,” Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, said in a press release from the show. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
“We are so grateful for Jeopardy and the Trebek family’s commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us,” said Harriet McDonald, President of The Doe Fund. “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. This donation alleviates the obstacle of not having appropriate clothing.”
“We understand the enormous loss Matt and Jean are going through, as well
as their incredible resilience in the face of hardship,” she continued in the press release, noting that her husband of 35 years, Doe Fund Founder and President George McDonald, passed away last week. “I’m thankful that George got to see Alex’s suits delivered to the people we serve before he left us. This generous gift honors the legacies of both men, and I know they’re smiling down on us.”