For a final “Jeopardy!” category, Alex Trebek’s family selected charity.
Trebek’s family donated a significant amount of the beloved game show host’s wardrobe as a way to honor his legacy, CNN reported.
Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for 37 seasons, died Nov. 8 from pancreatic cancer. He was 80. His last day in the studio was Oct. 29 -- 10 days before his death.
Trebek’s family decided to donate his wardrobe to The Doe Fund, a New York-based organization. According to a “Jeopardy!” news release, The Doe Fund provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education and comprehensive social services to Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration.
Trebek’s son, Matthew Trebek, has supported The Doe Fund and put the donation in motion.
Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean Trebek, shared a note on Instagram about the donation.
“I sincerely appreciate my son, Matthew, and his great idea to donate his Dad’s suits to @thedoefund,” she wrote. “I had never heard about this amazing organization until Matt brought it to my attention. … It truly is so wonderful. It warms my heart to know that Alex’s suits will be donated to such an important cause.”
“During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering,” Mike Richards, the game show’s executive producer, stated in the release. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
The donation included 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 ties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports coats, nine pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, two parkas and three pairs of dress slacks, KNBC reported. The clothes will be given to participants in The Doe Fund’s reentry program, Ready, Willing and Able, to be worn on job interviews.
“We are so grateful for ‘Jeopardy!’ and the Trebek family’s commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us,” Harriet McDonald, president of The Doe Fund, said in a statement. “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.”