"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres March 17 on ABC with a brand new cast of celebrity mirror ball trophy hopefuls. Although the stars are paid for appearing on the long-running hit reality show, at least one of won't be keeping the cash, according to a March 6 Instagram post.
Professional dancer and season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff gushed over her partner Sean Avery's decision to part with his paycheck, writing "Always refreshing to meet people who love to help others. My partner @imseanavery just told me he's donating all his #DWTS money to charity. #lovekindness check it out www.friendsindeed.org"
Founded in 1991, Friends In Deed - The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness "provides a safe space where [frightened patients and exhausted or bereaved loved ones or care-givers] can ease the fear and reconnect to their own resources," according to the organization's official website.
Avery, 33, spent 13 seasons playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). He started off as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2001 and concluded his career with the 2011-12 New York Rangers.
Smirnoff, 36, has appeared as a pro teacher on "DWTS" since the show's third season, when she finished second with TV personality and "Saved by the Bell" alum Mario Lopez. She most recently closed out season 17 by finishing in second place with "High School Musical" actor Corbin Bleu. Avery is the fourth athlete to be paired with Smirnoff. Others have included boxer Floyd Mayweather (season five), short track speed skater Apolo Ohno (season 15), and NFL star Jacoby Jones (season 16).
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 begins March 17.