“JEOPARDY!” SURPASSES $1 MILLION DOLLARS DONATED TO CHARITY WITH $257,998 MATCHED FOR MEDIA FELLOWSHIP HOUSE DURING BILL WHITAKER’S TURN AS GUEST HOST
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“JEOPARDY!” SURPASSES $1 MILLION DOLLARS DONATED TO
CHARITY WITH $257,998 MATCHED FOR
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP HOUSE DURING BILL WHITAKER’S TURN AS
“JEOPARDY!” Tournament of Champions Kicks Off Monday, May 17th With All-Star Buzzy Cohen Behind the Lectern
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 14, 2021) – As Bill Whitaker’s two weeks behind the JEOPARDY! lectern come to a close, a donation of $257,998 will be made to Media Fellowship House, an organization focused on creating programs, organizing coalitions, and facilitating conversations that promote diversity and understanding through fair housing, education, and racial justice advocacy work. With this donation, JEOPARDY! will have gifted $1,250,125 to various charitable causes on behalf of the guest hosts appearing this season.
The $257,988 contribution to Media Fellowship House equals the cumulative winnings of the contestants who competed during the time Whitaker served as guest host. The donation will be applied to secure and expand current fair housing programs, as well as the Dorothy James Scholarship Program and Alternative Diversion Program.
The JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions, presented by Consumer Cellular, kicks off on Monday, May 17 with All-Star Buzzy Cohen at the helm.
The first week will consist of quarterfinal matchups that can be found here. Nine competitors will move on to compete in week two of the tournament with the semifinals airing from Monday, May 24 – Wednesday, May 26 and culminating with the two-day final competition airing Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28. The winner will claim the $250,000 grand prize, second place earning $100,000, and third place taking home $50,000.
The $250,000 grand prize will be matched by JEOPARDY! and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, in honor of Alex Trebek. The Trebek Center will assist up to 300 people per year with shelter, intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training, and medical care.
To learn more about the tournament, please visit Jeopardy.com.
To learn more about the benefitting charities, please follow the links below:
Media Fellowship House: https://mediafellowshiphouse.org
Hope of The Valley Trebek Center: www.hopeofthevalley.org
JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show™ is in its 37th season in syndication. With a weekly audience of 24 million viewers, JEOPARDY! is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has received numerous awards and honors. The show holds the Guinness World Records® title for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show, and it received a Peabody Award for “celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Media Ventures and internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, both units of ViacomCBS. For more information, please visit Jeopardy.com.
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