Alex Trebek’s suits are going to a good cause.
Earlier this month, the producers of “Jeopardy!” announced that “a significant portion” of the late game show host’s work wardrobe is being donated to the organization the Doe Fund.
On Monday, Trebek’s son Matthew spoke with “Good Morning America” about the donation.
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“Losing our father, my mom losing her husband, the one who spearheaded and guided our family so it has definitely been an adjustment,” Matthew said. “Fortunately my mom, sister and I are all very close. We remember him and keep trying to move on together.”
Talking about his father’s wardrobe on the show, his son said, “He was pretty dapper when he would dress up, very clean and definitely had his own particular taste in the way that he would dress. I remember that when I was growing up he would try to dress me in suits. I think our style was different but he was obviously right about how he went out about things.”
On the donation, he added, “This kind of just fits into what he believed in, pass along kindness to others and it’s nice to see it still considered after he is gone.”
“During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering,” said executive producer Mike Richards when the donation was first announced earlier this month. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honour that last request.”
The Doe Fund provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education and social services for Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration.
Matthew, who has been a supporter of The Doe Fund, came up with the idea to donate the wardrobe.
On Instagram, Trebek’s wife Jean commended her son for thinking up the donation.
Included in the donation are 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, 9 sports coats, 9 pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, 2 parkas and 3 pairs of dress slacks.
“We are so grateful for ‘Jeopardy!’ and the Trebek family’s commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us,” said Harriet McDonald, President of The Doe Fund. “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.”
She continued, “We understand the enormous loss Matt and Jean are going through, as well as their incredible resilience in the face of hardship. Last week, The Doe Fund’s Founder and President of 35 years, my husband George McDonald, passed away. I’m thankful that George got to see Alex’s suits delivered to the people we serve before he left us. This generous gift honours the legacies of both men, and I know they’re smiling down on us.”