The final “Jeopardy!” question and answer might go something like this, filed under the category of “Human Kindness.” After a life well-lived, this man donated a closet full of shirts, neckties and various other items of clothing that once belonged to him.
“Who is Alex Trebek.”
Months after the iconic game-show host’s death, in November, 2020, Trebek and his kindness live on through The Doe Fund. The organization “provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration,” according to a “Jeopardy!” press release.
Trebek was the host of Jeopardy! for 37 seasons, from 1984 until his death last year.
Trebek’s family donated 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties and various other items of clothing that once belonged to Trebek to The Doe Fund.
“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!. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
Trebek’s son, Matthew Trebek, has been a supporter of The Doe Fund, so the contribution was made at his suggestion. The total haul included 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.
Participants in The Doe Fund’s re-entry program, Ready, Willing and Able, will be given the items of clothing to wear on job interviews.
“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.”