“I stored a tie that my mother had given my dad. So far as clothes goes, that was most likely an important merchandise,” Matthew informed Leisure Tonight on Wednesday. “Virtually all the things from “Jeopardy!” went to The Doe Fund, and now we simply have his closet at dwelling right here. We’ll nonetheless [sorting] via these [items], however for proper now, these are type of staying put.”
Matthew went on to share that his late father was “utterly completely different than how he was on TV.”
“I grew up watching him on TV and seeing him dressed up,” he mentioned. “That was a method that I clearly considered him. After which being with him round the home, he was very informal, dressed down so much.”
“He did numerous work round the home, so most of his [clothes], it will be denims and a T-shirt. Plenty of the denims and T-shirts had holes in them. Fully completely different than how he was on TV,” Matthew defined.
Within the midst of his father’s loss of life lower than six months in the past, Matthew has been donating his late father’s “Jeopardy!” fits to the nonprofit and mentioned the thought to take action got here from one of many present’s producers.
“Rocky Schmidt, who was one of many producers on “Jeopardy!” and considered one of my dad’s best mates requested, ‘The place ought to we donate them to?'” Matthew recalled. “I knew The Doe Fund [from] working in Harlem at a restaurant. They’ve one other location that is not too far-off. I believe that the work they do, and the people who work for The Doe Fund, are actually nice, wonderful folks. So it type of all made sense.”
Final month, Trebek’s widow and Matthew’s mom, Jean Trebek, additionally praised Matthew for his efforts in an Instagram put up.
“I sincerely recognize my son, Matthew, and his nice thought to donate his Dad’s fits to @thedoefund,” she wrote. “I had by no means heard about this wonderful group till Matt introduced it to my consideration… it actually is so fantastic. It warms my coronary heart to know that Alex’s fits might be donated to such an essential trigger.”
The put up additionally featured a black-and-white picture of the late Trebek going through a mirror as he adjusts a dark-colored tie.
For his half, the late “Jeopardy” host had additionally given graciously up till his loss of life. Simply final 12 months, Trebek had donated $100,000 to assist in mitigating the homeless disaster in Los Angeles.
“Homelessness is a significant issue,” Trebek informed Fox Information in a press release relating to the donation to the nonprofit group, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, on the time.
“I wished to do one thing, so I researched this charity, visited their facility, and personally noticed the great work they’re doing, and wished to assist. I hope others will do what they will as effectively,” he mentioned.