A significant portion of the late icon's clothes had been donated to The Doe Fund which would help those appearing for job interviews.
The family of the late Alex Trebek, the legendary host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy! has donated a significant portion of his wardrobe to a charity organization that helps the homeless. The executive producer of Jeopardy! Mike Richards announced in a press release that Trebek's family is donating his clothes to The Doe Fund as a way to honor his memory. According to the statement, The Doe Fund is a nonprofit 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 family of the late "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek has donated a significant portion of his wardrobe to charity as a way to honor his legacy https://t.co/fBW211vYo5— CNN (@CNN) February 10, 2021
According to Fox4 Now, Richards said, "During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering." He added, "Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request." It was Trebek's son Matthew who came up with the idea of donating pieces of his father's clothes to the organization of which he has been a supporter for some time now. CNN reports that the late entertainer's family donated four suits, 58 dress shirts, 25 polo shirts, 300 neckties, 14 sweaters, nine pairs of dress shoes, nine sports coats, 15 belts, two parkas, and three pairs of dress slacks.
Such a nice way to honor him and his legacy 🌷— Mavisko87 (@mavisko87) February 10, 2021
The news release revealed that Doe Fund participants would use the donated items in their reentry program so people in need could use Trebek's clothes for job interviews. "We are so grateful for Jeopardy! and the Trebek family's commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us," expressed the president of The Doe Fund Harriet McDonald. "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."
Trebek passed away in November 2020 after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, we previously reported. The host, who died at the age of 80, was diagnosed in March 2019. "I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life," he said in October the same year as his diagnosis, according to Variety. Despite the terrible news, Trebek had resolved to fight the disease and was determined to host the show, having begun in 1984. "Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working," he said in an uplifting post.
The legacy of "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek's lives on. His family is donating his wardrobe to a charity that helps people break the cycle of homelessness or incarceration and also help them find jobs. https://t.co/8TXhrb6ioO— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) February 10, 2021
"And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease," said Trebek, before joking that he had to stay alive because he still had three more years left on his contract. Although he was near remission in May 2019, by September the same year the cancer was tragically back. The cultural icon left behind a huge legacy not only through his work but also his recent memoir The Answer Is...Reflections On My Life, as previously reported.
"My life has been a quest for knowledge and understanding, and I’m nowhere near having achieved that. And it doesn’t bother me in the least. I will die without having come up with the answer to many things in life," read the final chapter of his book that was released in July last year. "I’m often asked how I would like to be remembered. I don’t think about it much… But I suppose if I had to answer I would say I’d like to be remembered first of all as a good and loving husband and father, and also as a decent man who did his best to help people perform at their best," he said.
Well, the icon, who became a household name, is surely remembered for much more than just that.