Throughout his life, Alex Trebek was a vocal activist and a passionate philanthropist. He was active in World Vision organizations, donated land for conservation, visited military bases around the world to show his support for the troops, made substantial contributions to causes involving education and homelessness – truly, the list goes on. As someone who was both passionate about philanthropy and fatherhood, Trebek passed his drive to help others onto his kids.
Matthew Trebek, Alex’s son, followed in his dad’s generous footsteps, actively supporting organizations like The Doe Fund. According to its website, “The Doe Fund’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness, incarceration, and recidivism by providing holistic services, housing, and work opportunities.”
The Doe Fund’s “Ready, Willing & Able” program helps men with histories of homelessness, incarceration, and unemployment become self-sufficient through a combination of social services, sobriety support, career training, and more. As men work through The Doe Fund’s program, they attend interviews to secure jobs that will allow them to become self-supporting.
As with any job interview, first impressions are essential – but when you’re unable to afford professional clothes, the stress of a job interview becomes even greater. While mourning the passing of his dad, Matthew Trebek had an idea – one that would allow his dad to do one final charitable act.
Matthew and Jeopardy! costumer Steven Zimbelman packed up Trebek’s wardrobe and donated hundreds of articles of clothing to The Doe Fund’s admirable cause. 58 dress shirts, 14 suits, 300 ties, 25 polos, 14 sweaters, 9 sports coats, 9 pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, 2 parkas, and 3 pairs of dress slacks will now help hard-working men make a winning first impression.
“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, Executive Producer, Jeopardy! Told Deadline. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
Alex, we salute you.