Not only are the dancers on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” (DWTS) great at showing off their fancy footwork, they’re great at giving back, too. Here’s a sampling of what some of your favorite dancers do to help others.
Apolo Ohno: The 8-time Olympic medalist founded the charity See Your Impact, a charity that satisfies our desire for instant gratification with “almost” instant results. You purchase a gift from a list. About two weeks later, you get proof of your help in the form of a photograph and the story of the person you helped. Gifts you can purchase are listed on the site in various price ranges. It could be something like an hour of computer training or as simple as paying for a lantern to light someone’s darkness.
Bristol Palin: Bristol works with the organization The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, an organization that helps prevent teen pregnancy through education and services. Teen moms help, too, by sharing their stories with others. Bristol Palin was an unmarried teen mom herself, so this is close to her heart.
Drew Lachey: Drew once auctioned himself off on eBay for charity. So what did you get if you won? The highest female bidder got a personal ballroom dance lesson from Drew. Once you learned, you got to accompany Drew to a Dance-A-Thon sponsored by Extra gum.
Emmitt Smith: Emmitt and his wife Pat run Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, an organization that gives college scholarship money to underprivileged youth. The program is focused in North Texas and it partners with other established organizations to fund educational opportunities, as well as summer camps, tutoring and leadership training.
Gilles Marini: If you need a volunteer for a worthwhile charity event, call Gilles. A few of the causes he’s helped out with are the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, Help USA and the Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund.
Helio Castroneves: Helio is so dedicated to charity causes that you can find an entire page on his website dedicated to the charities he serves. A few of those are the HCA Hospitals, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and The Dan Marino Foundation. You can get details on all of it by clicking HERE.
Joey Fatone: Joey and his family established The Fatone Family Foundation, which benefits local charities with an emphasis on children. Joey also works with Lupus LA and Children’s Miracle Network.
Melissa Rycroft: Melissa works with the March of Dimes.
Pamela Anderson: Pam is a vegan and a huge supporter of animal rights, working with the organization PETA and many others.
Shawn Johnson: Another former Olympian on DWTS this season, Shawn is very active in children’s charities and cancer charities, as well as being an advocate for health and wellness programs. Some of her specific charities are the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the March of Dimes, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
You can find Shawn’s charity page HERE.
One of the pro dancers is getting in on the charity action, too.
Louis Van Amstel: Louis donates his time as a gay marriage activist and works with GLSEN.
On Shawn Johnson’s website are several quotes. This one is more applicable than most to these wonderfully-giving DWTS dancers.
“Here is the test to find whether or not your mission on earth is finished. If you are alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach
We could all take a little of that advice to heart.