Kiehls LifeRide for amfAR
Kelis, DJ Spinderella, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer Join the Party
Congratulations to all those who completed the 1,600 mile 9-day Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. The ride ended Aug. 8 at The Grove in Los Angeles and raised $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the skin, hair and beauty products company, which donated a percentage of sales to the cause.
Sharon Stone, amFAR’s global fundraising chair, accepted the check at the party, greeting the public as well as the long-distance riders. This year’s men on motorcycles were actors Gilles Marini, John Corbett, Kurt Yaeger, Teddy Sears and Grant Reynolds; champion rugby player Ben Cohen, photographer Jon Beck, artist Conrad Leach, amFAR chief executive Kevin Robert Frost and Kiehl’s USA president Chris Salgardo. (Check the gallery below for photos.)
There, too, for the shindig were Katee Sackhoff of “Longmire,” Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica,” and Kelis, who performed, along with DJ Spinderella.
Kiehl’s has a great history of charitable pursuits with a long list of celebrity supporters. This year’s LifeRide was the company’s 4th.
In previous years, Kiehl’s has hosted many other events for charity, including my favorite-ever Earth Day celebration,which took place at the Santa Monica store. That party attracted among others, Chloe Sevigny, Michael C. Hall of “Dexter,” Matthew Rhys of “The Americans,” Giuliana Rancic of “Fashion Police,” Jillian Barberie Reynolds and Mario Lopez.
For this year’s LifeRide event, all proceeds from the Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve went to amFAR. Harley-Davidson and Delta Air Lines were the ride’s key sponsors.
Congratulations, too, to Sharon Stone…
Aside from looking fantastic every time I see her, Sharon Stone has been a longstanding advocate of amFAR. By now, Stone has appeared at numerous events, including Macy’s Glamorama, the amfAR Inspiration Gala, and other fundraisers for the AIDS research organization, and not just to lend her name. She’s often acted as an auctioneer, too. And that’s a job at which she excels.
As Patrick Smith of Macy’s put it, in discussing Glamorama last year, “I think (Stone) holds the record of being best charity auctioneer in the world.” Smith is Macy’s special events director for the northwest region.
Aware of her talents, Stone said this at an amfar Inspiration Gala I attended for the Los Angeles Times: “My mother tells me I can sell ice to the Eskimos,” Stone said, adding, as a nod to global warming, “and pretty soon, we’re going to have to sell ice to the Eskimos.”
Top photo: Rider Gilles Marini of “Switched at Birth” and “Dancing With the Stars” with amfAR global fundraising chair Sharon Stone at the Kiehls LifeRide for amfAR (Photo by Todd Oren/ WireImage)
Second photo: Katee Sackhoff of “Longmire” and “Riddick” joins in the celebration for Kiehls LifeRide for amfAR (Photo by Todd Oren/ WireImage)
Third photo: Two-time Grammy nominee Kelis at the celebration for Kiehls LifeRide for amfAR (Photo by Todd Oren/WireImage)
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Kiehls LifeRide for amfAR
Published Aug. 8, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA