Season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars” might not be the most surprising cast as host Tom Bergeron said during the cast reveal this past week, but it just might be the most generous.
A few celebrities in the cast are actually donating some, or all, of the money they make from the show to the causes near and dear to their hearts. Others, hope to spread awareness to their causes.
Let’s take a look at this charitable cast…
Nancy Grace: “I am donating my money, which was my immediate decision, to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which means a lot to me. I’ve dealt with so many crime victims and I just want to do something. I don’t want to just sit around and read about it. I want to do something about it. So that will help them. That makes me feel good.”
Ricki Lake: “I’m giving the money to my nanny’s [Marie Da Silva] school in Africa. She has a school for AIDS orphans. She won the CNN Hero Award a couple of years ago . She’s amazing. So, I’m doing it for that.”
The Cast Discusses Being on the Show:
Chynna Phillips: “I want to be able to get out there and dance because I want to raise awareness about Tijuana, our next door neighbors, and we have 40,000 orphans running the streets of Tijuana and I want to help put them in safe housing and great orphanages. That’s my mission.” [The organization she is involved with is The Family Change Project, a non-profit she established (www.familychange.org).]
Chaz Bono: “I’m an activist first and foremost, so that’s always in the back of my mind. And I look at this as just a wonderful opportunity to bring my message to even more people than I’ve had a chance to. I’m not gonna be up here preaching. I hope people will just take the time to get to know me on the show and realize that transgender people are just like everybody else. It’s a really positive show so I hope that comes through.”
J.R. Martinez: “This is a great platform to share my message, which I’ve been sharing for the past eight years since my injury,” he says. The “All My Children” actor was injured in the Iraq War, suffering burns to more than 40% of his body when his humvee hit a landmine. He is a motivational speaker who travels the country sharing his message of resilience and optimism.
Ron Artest: “My daughter, Diamond, asked me to do the show. She had a Wilms’ tumor, and Wilms’ cancer when she was four-years-old. It was a tumor on the kidney. All the profits are going to go to cancer research foundation. I’m actually dancing to have fun and dancing for cancer.”
Hope Solo (soccer star): “We have an obligation as pro athletes, especially as women professional athletes, to do everything you can to gain exposure for your sport. And so I think making a fool of myself is going to gain us more fans.”