Months after his death, beloved “Jeopardy!” hostof kindness lasted. The show and the family of the deceased icon have donated an “important part” of her wardrobe to an organization helping underserved Americans get back on their feet, the show said on Tuesday.
Hundreds of Trebek’s clothes 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 a history of substance abuse, roaming and incarceration, ”according to a“ Jeopardy! ” Press release.
The donation included: 14 suits, 300 ties, 15 belts, 58 dress shirts, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine pairs of dress shoes, nine sports coats, two parkas and three pairs of dress pants.
The clothes will be distributed to those who participate in the not-for-profit organization’s famous “re-entry program” – Ready, Willing & Capable – to be worn during job interviews.
“On his last day on set, Alex praised the virtues of everyone opening their hands and hearts to those in pain,” Mike Richards, executive producer of the show, said in the statement. “Donating your wardrobe to those working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to start honoring this latest request.”
Trebek’s son Matthew is a supporter of the Doe Fund and suggested the donation, the statement said. Matthew and “Jeopardy!” costume designer Steven Zimbelman packed the clothes. The show tweeted pictures of Matthew and Zimbelman looking through shelves of clothes, as well as a black and white photo of Alex putting on a tie.
“We are so grateful for ‘Jeopardy!’ and the Trebek family’s commitment to raising the most vulnerable among us, ”said Harriet McDonald, President of The Doe Fund. “The men in our job training programs always need work clothes, so they can shine in their job interviews and work confidently once they’re hired. This gift alleviates the barrier of not having appropriate clothing.
Trebek was a nighttime fixture in the homes of millions of Americans for more than 35 years before he died in November after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
The last episode of the TV icon’s show aired inwith a sentimental tribute.
Winner of “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time”served as the show’s interim host, with Richards willing to follow him as host for a short time. “Danger!” previously announced , but a new permanent host has not yet been named.