Alex Trebek’s dapper duds have a brand new position.
Among the wardrobe worn by the beloved “Jeopardy!” host — who died Nov. 8 at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic most cancers — has been donated to The Doe Fund, a nonprofit that gives housing, vocational coaching, persevering with training and different providers for previously homeless and incarcerated New Yorkers.
“Throughout his final day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everybody opening up their fingers and their hearts to those that are struggling,” mentioned “Jeopardy!” govt producer Mike Richards, in an announcement. “Donating his wardrobe to those that are working to rebuild their lives is the right technique to start to honor that final request.”
Among the many donated objects are 14 fits, 58 costume shirts, 300 ties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, 9 sports activities coats, 9 pairs of costume sneakers, 15 belts, two parkas and three pairs of costume slacks. The garments will go to individuals in The Doe Fund’s re-entry program — referred to as Prepared, Keen & In a position — as apparel appropriate for job interviews.
Trebek’s son Matthew is a supporter of the group and had urged making the contribution.
“We’re so grateful for ‘Jeopardy!’ and the Trebek household’s dedication to lifting up probably the most weak amongst us,” mentioned Harriet McDonald, president of The Doe Fund. “The lads in our profession coaching packages are at all times in want apparel, to allow them to shine of their job interviews and work with confidence as soon as they’re employed. This donation alleviates the impediment of not having acceptable clothes.”
The generosity has extra that means for Harriet, whose husband — Doe Fund founder and president George McDonald — died of lung most cancers at age 76 final month.
“We perceive the large loss Matt and Jean are going via, in addition to their unimaginable resilience within the face of hardship,” Harriet added. “I’m grateful that George acquired to see Alex’s fits delivered to the individuals we serve earlier than he left us. This beneficiant present honors the legacies of each males, and I do know they’re smiling down on us.”
Trebek’s final new episode aired Jan. eight and included a poignant video tribute to the longtime host. Since then, an extended roster of celebrities has been lined as much as fill his sneakers, together with sport present champion Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, newly-engaged Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and “Large Bang Concept” alum Mayim Bialik.