“Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek’s wardrobe is being donated to a good cause.
After his death in November at the age of 80 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Trebek’s son Matt Trebek and the game show producer wondered what to do with the extensive wardrobe he used during his 37 years as presenter.
They decided to donate the clothes to the Doe Fund, a New York City non-profit organization that helps men struggling with addiction, homelessness and incarceration.
About two weeks ago, the foundation received 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 ties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports jackets, nine pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, two parkas and three pairs of pants. New York Post reports.
“The Doe Fund made perfect sense, as these are guys who are going to job interviews and need a second chance,” said Trebek’s 30-year-old son. “It would be an honor for the kind of work that my father did throughout his life.”
“This is definitely in line with your interests, feelings and values,” he said. “I think he would have thought it was a great idea.”
The suits and other suits were for men enrolled in the Ready, Willing & Able program who completed a professional training course and were preparing to return to the job market, noted the outlet.
John Powell, associate director of career development and graduate services at the Doe Fund, said that men who complete the program and acquire suits have been proven to “get taller”.
“It’s a complete and total transformation,” he said, adding that Trebek’s suits, in particular, gave men an extra boost of confidence.
“It’s not just a nice suit, it’s a nice suit from the family of Alex Trebek, donated by Alex Trebek,” explained Powell.
“Knowing that it was someone they saw on television, who they heard about for years, is a certain degree of validation,” he added.
During a recent chat with “Good Morning America, ”Matt opened up about the donations, stating,“ It kind of fits what he believed in – transmitting kindness to others, so it’s nice to see that it still continues even after he’s gone. “
He described his father’s style as “very elegant”.
“I remember when I was a kid and he tried to dress me up in suits,” said Trebek, adding, “I think our styles were different, but he was obviously right in how he handled things.”
Of how the family is coping with the loss of the patriarch, Matt said, “We remember him and keep trying to move forward together.”
Donations are in line with one of Trebek’s latest moving speeches during which he urged people to be generous during the Pandid-19 pandemic, give thanks for your blessings and “build a more kind and kind society”.
“If we all contribute a little bit, we will get there,” he said.