“What we have heard from speakers today is there is always hope,” said Trebek from the podium. He has a lot of hope and support – about 200 family members, friends and colleagues joined him and “Team Alex” quickly became one of the event’s top fundraising teams. .
The Trebek Family Organization
In 2011, Trebek and his wife, Jean, founded a private fund, the Trebek Family Foundation, to respond to the growing number of requests from charities.
Here are just a few of the Trebek favorites he supported over the years with his time, the checkbook or both.
Trebek has a lifelong passion for geography. He said that he took courses on atlases and geography books for entertainment, and even looked forward to medical appointments so he could read National Geographic in the waiting room.
Mary Lee Elden, the executive director of geographic contests, said: “He’s a great spokesperson to know about our world and inspire others to care about it.”
“I love working with young people and see how brilliant these young geographers are,” he told RCGS. “All events are geographic. They directly affect us.”
Trebek is a member of RCGS and received the Gold Medal. In 2016, the non-profit organization named him Honorary Chairman and a few years later, renamed him a prestigious geographic literature award in his name.
John Geiger, CEO of RCGS said: “Alex has done a lot for geographic understanding throughout his career. “He has helped inspire thousands of young people to learn more about our country and our planet.”
Trebek is one of the biggest stars on television, but cinema has a special place in his heart.
Calling himself “a lover of classic movies”, Trebek especially loves meeting fans of the genre.
“There are a lot of us who love classic movies and that’s a good thing,” he told Turner Classic Movies in 2019. (TCM and CNN are both part of WarnerMedia.) Quiz competitions censors Trebek on several TCM tours, which were shown at the TCM Film Festival, and inherits the 20th anniversary of the founding of late TCM host Robert Osborne.
Trebek himself has also appeared in a number of films such as “White Men Can’t Jump”, “Rain Man”, “Groundhog Day” and “Charlie’s Angels” as cameos.
Trebek’s favorite animal is the musk cow, a species of hairy ungulate mammal of the Arctic. He said he liked them because of their unique strong family dynamism, and “besides, I like the way their feather jackets flutter in the wind while they’re running,” he said. Tell “Jeopardy!”
Trebek’s history as a nonprofit spans more than 30 years. He visited the cow farm several times and became one of MODC’s most generous donors. As the “Godfather of the Herd”, Trebek personally signed every honorific adoption certificate sent to his fellow supporters.