‘Jeopardy!’: Show Raised Massive Amount of Money for Charity in Aaron Rodgers’ First Week

by John Jamison

With all the intrigue surrounding who might get the “Jeopardy!” hosting job, it’s easy to overlook what the show is accomplishing. One of the reasons for inviting the guest hosts on is to raise money for charity. And Aaron Rodgers has been serving that purpose well.

“Jeopardy!” has agreed to match the contestants’ winnings during each host’s tenure and donate that amount to a charity of their choice. In Rodgers’ first week as guest host, the show has raised a staggering $117,725 for the North Valley Community Foundation.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback talked about why the NVCF is his chosen charity.

“As we’ve seen from Covid, so many small businesses are getting rocked,” Rodgers said. “And we have started a fund to support those people and to stay with them as long as the pandemic persists and they’re not able to operate normally with business. So we’re going to provide a ton of money, and thanks to Jeopardy, I mean that’s an incredible amount of money. That’s going to go so far, and change so many people’s lives.”

How Much Has ‘Jeopardy!’ Raised Overall?

The charity initiative began after Ken Jennings‘ stint as the guest host. And “Jeopardy!” is proud to report that they’ve already donated over $500,000 to the charities selected by the hosts.

During Katie Couric’s two-week run on the show, $230, 504 was raised for Stand Up To Cancer. That money was specifically contributed to pancreatic cancer research. The very same cancer that took Alex Trebek’s life.

“The Jeopardy! folks were matching the winnings for my time on the show, so I was able to contribute a substantial amount of money to Stand Up to Cancer, and specifically, the pancreatic cancer dream team. They are focused on pancreatic cancer research, so I did that in honor of Alex and Emily,” Couric said.

Dr. Oz chose Health Corps, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate young people on health and wellness. During his time on “Jeopardy!” over $268,000 was raised for the charity.

The contributions for Aaron Rodgers’ time on the show will be added to the overall figure when his two-week run concludes.

Let’s hope the contestants can post some big numbers.