A legend and an icon in the entertainment industry, longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is gone but not forgotten.
For 36 years, Trebek welcomed viewers watching from home to the ultra-competitive and popular quiz show. Standing behind the podium for each Jeopardy! match, Trebek was average in stature but a towering presence in showbiz. His calm and soothing demeanor coexisted with intense competition to form one of the most-watched game shows of all time.
Trebek was also a passionate man with a real desire to help the less fortunate. The Alex Trebek Center not only bears his name but also his mission to help the helpless. The former Jeopardy! host’s center provides interim housing to the homeless with the ultimate goal to eliminate homelessness across California. A lofty goal for sure but one that Trebek and his family believed to be possible.
Jeopardy! Encourages Donating to Trebek Center
Donating to the Alex Trebek Center is easy by simply visiting hopeofthevalley.org/trebekcenter and clicking the donation link at the top of the page. On the page, there is tons of information on the Trebek Center’s mission and fundraising goals. Earlier this week, Jeopardy! officials revealed a large donation to the center. They will be matching the total of the Tournament of Champions grand prize of $250,000.
The weekend social media post begins with a quote from Alex Trebek’s widow, Jean, who thanks Jeopardy! for the support.
“It is so wonderful that Jeopardy! is supporting Hope of the Valley’s The Trebek Center in Northridge, California,” she says. “The show’s generosity continues to reflect Alex’s desire to assist underrepresented communities.”
The Instagram post goes on to share specifics of the Trebek Center project and how it will make a difference. The Jeopardy! post also encourages fans of the show to consider a donation to the center.
“Alex’s legacy will live on through the thousands of lives that will be cared for and transformed at the Center,” the post states. “The 107-bed Bridge Housing Facility will provide each resident with everything they need to end their homelessness and start their new life of independence and self-sufficiency.”
The iconic Jeopardy! host passed away late last year at 80-years-old after battling pancreatic cancer. The show has yet to name a replacement and is instead utilizing celebrities in guest hosting roles. Trebek favorite and former Tournament of Champions winner Buzzy Cohen currently occupies the host’s lectern.