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Alex Trebek’s wardrobe donated to charity that helps people reenter workforce

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“Jeopardy!” and the family of Alex Trebek have donated suits, shirts, shoes and other professional clothing from the longtime host’s closet to a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people reenter the workforce following his death last year.

“Jeopardy! and Alex’s family have donated a large portion of our late host’s wardrobe to @TheDoeFund, an organization that provides paid work, housing, and training to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness, and incarceration,” the show tweeted Tuesday.

The show said the donation includes 14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports coats, nine pairs of dress shoes and more from the “Jeopardy!” studio. The clothes will be distributed by the Doe Fund to be worn on job interviews.

“We live in a world where dressing appropriately can make a difference in how one feels about themselves and how one is perceived. Even though I know that it’s not all about what someone wears, there is something to be said for feeling a bit better about yourself when you have pride in your attire,” Matthew Trebek, the son of Alex Trebek, said in a Tuesday statement.

“My hope is that the confidence someone might feel in wearing one of my dad’s suits and ties will help them land a job, and more importantly, will help them realize that they are not alone,” he continued.

Harriet McDonald, president of The Doe Fund, said the donation “will help the men we serve, who are often uncomfortable and unfamiliar with promoting themselves as part of an interview process, regain their confidence.

“They will not just look, but truly feel the part of a responsible employee, a taxpayer, a role model to their community, and a contributing and present father to their children,” she said in the Tuesday statement. 

Trebek died in November at the age of 80, more than a year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He hosted the classic game show for nearly four decades.

“Jeopardy!” last week announced a new slate of celebrities who will temporarily lead the show, including “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, “Doctor Oz Show” host Mehmet Oz, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, among others.

Tags Alex Trebek Charity Jeopardy! Pancreatic cancer The Doe Fund

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