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Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy! wardrobe has been donated to The Doe Fund, an organization that “breaks the devastating cycles of homelessness, incarceration, and criminal recidivism.”
The donation included 58 dress shirts, 14 suits, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports coats, nine pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, two parkas, and three pairs of dress slacks.
“We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society,” Trebek said in one of his final episodes. “And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.”
In one of his final Jeopardy! episodes, in an emotionally candid speech, Alex Trebek urged viewers to extend their holiday givings to those suffering due to COVID-19. The late host was passionate about the power of community and generosity, which is why Jeopardy! and his family chose to donate his entire hosting wardrobe—suits, dress shirts, neckties, and other items—to The Doe Fund, an organization that “breaks the devastating cycles of homelessness, incarceration, and criminal recidivism” by providing support, education, and job opportunities to underserved Americans.
“We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society,” Trebek said in that final speech. “And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.”
It was Trebek’s son Matthew’s idea to make the donation, which will be distributed among participants in The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able reentry program as job interview attire, per Deadline. “During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering,” Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
In total, the family donated 58 dress shirts, 14 suits, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports coats, nine pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, two parkas, and three pairs of dress slacks.
Harriet McDonald, President of The Doe Fund expressed that the organization is “so grateful for Jeopardy! and the Trebek family’s commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us,” adding that Trebek’s clothing will give the program’s men the confidence they need to re-enter and succeed in the workplace. “This donation alleviates the obstacle of not having appropriate clothing,” McDonald said.
The donation was especially sentimental for the president because she relates to the Trebek family’s loss. “Last week, The Doe Fund’s Founder and President of 35 years, my husband George McDonald, passed away,” she revealed. “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.”
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