After the passing of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, his wardrobe has been donated to The Doe Fund, a nonprofit organization providing support to people with histories of incarceration and homelessness.
Trebek’s suits, ties, and more have been distributed to those participating in The Doe Fund’s reentry program (called Ready, Willing, and Able), and will be worn during job interviews.
A total of 58 dress shirts, 300 ties, 14 sweaters and suits, 9 sport coats, and 9 pairs of dress shoes are included.
Executive producer of “Jeopardy!” Mike Richards told the Washington Post, “During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering. Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
President of the Doe Fund Harriet McDonald says they are “so grateful for the ‘Jeopardy!’ and Trebek family’s commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us.” McDonald said about 28,000 men have gone through the organization’s reentry program.
Among them is George Tucker, a 55-year-old man who’s lived in Doe Fund housing since he was released from prison last March. He told the Washington Post that when he was incarcerated, he would sometimes watch “Jeopardy!” in the commons area.
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“Alex Trebek was a sharp-dressed man, and now I’m wearing his suits? Amazing,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity. I’m hoping to better my life, and looking presentable in the workplace is a step in the right direction.”
“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,” McDonald explained. “This donation alleviates the obstacle of not having appropriate clothing.”