It’s “something I knew my dad would be totally onboard with.” — Matthew Trebek
In a move that is quintessential Alex Trebek, a significant portion of the Alex Trebek Jeopardy! wardrobe is being offered to an organization that supports marginalized individuals with new duds. The Doe Fund began as one man’s commitment to helping New York City’s homeless and now serves as a model for solving some of the greatest challenges of our time –poverty, homelessness, mass incarceration, and recidivism. The Doe Fund was founded in 1985 in memory of a homeless woman known only as “Mama” Doe.
On Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, Matthew Trebek, son of Alex Trebek, posted a letter to social media, which offers fans a glimpse into the philanthropy behind the move to share Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy! wardrobe.
Matthew Trebek’s letter is posted below in its entirety.
‘My business partner, Nodar Mosiashvili and I operate Oso and Lucille’s, two restaurants located in Harlem, NY. Because of that, it’s been great getting to know some community members. I was introduced to Inez Dickens who is an Assembly person for the Harlem area and is involved with the Martin Luther King Democratic Club.
During one Thanksgiving holiday, I attended a turkey giveaway that the Martin Luther King Democratic Club had organized and, at that event, I was introduced to The Doe Fund. Some of The Doe Fund members were there volunteering and it was obvious to me that these men were really dedicated to assisting others who needed a helping hand.
A few years later, I started running a “soup kitchen” out of St. Matthew’s Baptist church called Lucille’s Family Meal. Julie Androshick from The Doe Fund would stop by to visit and we became friends. Julie kept me abreast of all the events and opportunities that The Doe Fund facilitated; I was and still am inspired by this truly life-changing organization.
What I really appreciate about The Doe Fund is that it gives people an opportunity for a new beginning. There are so many ways you can help someone get back on their feet, and who of us hasn’t needed a second chance? One day I was approached by Rocky Schmidt, Producer and long time, dear friend of my dad Alex Trebek, as to what I would like to do with all of my dad’s suits at the Jeopardy! Studio. I immediately thought of the Doe Fund.’
‘Their flagship mission, “Ready Willing and Able” was something I knew my dad would be totally onboard with. 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. 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.’