Even in death, late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is still helping people in need. After battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, Trebek passed away in November at the age of 80. Despite his illness, he had insisted on keeping his job, serving as the host of the popular game show all the way to the very end. Now, at the suggestion of Trebek's son Matthew Trebek, Alex's entire wardrobe has been donated to the nonprofit organization The Doe Fund.
The goal of The Doe Fund is to provide paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education, and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness, and incarceration. Trebek's donated clothes will be distributed to participants of The Doe Fund's "Ready, Willing and Able" reentry program to be worn on job interviews. The donations include 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.
"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."
On a personal level, Harriet also knows exactly what the Alex Trebek family is going through, as she adds, "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 honors the legacies of both men, and I know they're smiling down on us."
In another statement, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards also said of the wardrobe donation, "During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering. Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request."
Since Alex Trebek's final episode of Jeopardy! guests hosts have been filling in until a permanent replacement is named. Record-holding contestant Ken Jennings serves as an interim host for several episodes, and other celebrities named as guest hosts include Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker, and Mayim Bialik. As Trebek's run on the show is too iconic, there's apparently no rush behind the scenes to pick someone as the new host on a permanent basis.
As he was such a wonderful person behind the scenes, hopefully, Trebek's clothing will help bring some good luck to those looking for work. You can find out more about the organization at the official website for The Doe Fund. This news comes to us from Deadline.