The Doe Fund is an organization that provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education, and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness, and incarceration. At the suggestion of Trebek’s son, Matthew Trebek, the clothing will be distributed to those participating in the organization’s “Ready, Willing and Able” re-entry program to be worn on job interviews.
Mike Richards, Executive Producer for Jeopardy! 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, donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honour that last request.”
Alex Trebek passed from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020 however, his legacy will remain.
All together there was 58 dress shirts, 14 suits, 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.”
Harriet went on to say, “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.”