‘Jeopardy!’: Alex and Jean Trebek’s Generous Decision

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex and Jean Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and his spouse, Jean, have determined lately to extra deliberately use their sources and place to assist out these round them.

It’s a transfer that has introduced the quiz present icon and his partner nice pleasure and achievement.

Alex and Jean Trebek
Alex and Jean Trebek | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI

How the couple met

In a July 2020 essay Jean composed for Guideposts journal, she described her life with Alex since they discovered of his most cancers prognosis. She additionally defined how the 2 met.

“After leaving Pepperdine [University],” she wrote, “I was still here on the West Coast…Saturdays I had a part-time job, doing bookkeeping for a guy in Malibu. Alex was my boss’s buddy. He’d come over every Saturday to play backgammon and have lunch. I knew that he was on some TV show, but he never said much about it and I didn’t ask.”

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Jean and Alex Trebek | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

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Alex, in his 2020 memoir, The Answer Is… described figuring out Jean was ‘the one.’

“I wasn’t looking for love. But with Jean, I recognized at a gut level that here was someone who was going to complete me as a human being,” he stated. “She was the most charming person I had ever met; not only polite, but exuding a warmth that showed character and spirituality as well. And she was drop-dead gorgeous.”

The couple’s latest reward to their group

In June 2020, Trebek and his spouse, Jean, based on TMZ made a beneficiant donation to faith-based nonprofit, Hope Of The Valley, for the creation of a homeless shelter, Hope Central, in San Fernando Valley within the Los Angeles space.

TMZ’s report additionally famous that the brand new house is supposed for the group’s homeless seniors. One of the bigger rooms within the facility is being named The Alex and Jean Trebek Multi-Purpose Room.

In a press release, the couple stated on the time, “Alex and Jean Trebek contributed $500,000 to the charity because they believe in helping locally as well as globally. They have lived in the Valley for over 30 years, and want to help support their community.”

Their charitable basis was their beneficiant resolution

Trebek in his memoir explains that it was on his accountant’s good recommendation that the couple determined to start out a basis as an alternative of constant to donate cash to 1 charity after one other.

“So we did. It just changed my philosophy completely. Now instead of giving small amounts to a hundred different charities a year, I’m able to give away larger chunks, and help so many more people than before,” he wrote.

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Alex and Jean Trebek | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI

In addition to giving to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa, Alex and Jean have additionally proven their assist to the faculty their son, Matthew, graduated from, Fordham University. The National Geographic Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have additionally benefited from the Trebeks’ basis.

They’ve even adopted a village in Zambia. “It has about seventeen hundred residents…They had a lovely banquet for us,” Alex stated in his memoir. “We can make differences in simple ways and significant ways that don’t cost much.”

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