Stars Ride For Life

amfar logo We are always looking for good causes to support. Another thing we are always excited about is the possibility of meeting celebs supporting these causes. Today we got to embrace both of our passions. Always excited about visiting Michigan Avenue, we went to the Kiehl’s store this afternoon for their event.

I have never really tried their products except when they were included in goody bags. But as you well know, I am always about trying to look good and the salespeople were so friendly. I will be purchasing on another day. While the salesperson explained the products, we were also given the option of having a RedBull or Fiji water. Guests of the store were also treated to the yummy gnoshes provided by LillieQ’s . Loved their sliders.

Finally at noon, the riders rolled into the Mag Mile. This is the fifth anniversary of the Amfar ride which benefits AIDS research , education, prevention and treatment education , and also the advocacy of sound AIDS related public policy. Eric Muscateli, Vice President of Development of AmfAR pointed out that everyone in that store has known someone either affected or died from AIDS. That is why it is so important to donate or just help out with this cause. Kiehl sweetened the deal by giving a portion of the sales to AmFar up to 125,000 dollars.

Celebrities are nothing new to us. Well, not when you know the cast of “Chicago Fire” as well as we do. The stars were more than happy to take a break from their long ride. Long time fans of Must See TV, we were thrilled to get to meet the totally amazing Malcolm Jamal Warner. I even got a chance to chat for a few minutes  with the actor-director. He said that he got involved with the ride because of his love of motorcycles and his dedication to the cause . It was also because of Magic Johnson, who inspired him.Malcolm is currently on the TNT hit , “Major Crimes” He loves the part and considers the whole cast family, “They were very welcoming and this was great considering how they had already bonded from being a part of “The Closer.” he smiled when he talked about his role as Lt Chuck Cooper. Of course , we had to mention how we included him in our first article about actors from sitcoms who direct. He was very interested to know we wrote about directors as well as the actors. Another actor that we encountered was the terribly sexy Gilles Marini. Gilles has appeared on many series, including most recently CBS “Two Broke Girls” . His biggest claim to fame remains as the hot , “Dante” in the first “Sex and City ” movie. Other celebs who made the ride included Jesse Lee Soffer, “Chicago PD” Teddy Sears of “Masters of Sex” , Patrick Flueger “Chicago PD” , Ben Cohen, the World Cup Rugby Champion and founder of Standup Foundation. Grant Reynolds, Milissa Sears, and Conrad Leach. Customers and onlookers were given quite a show when the bikes took off for their next destination. The ride started in Wisconsin and will end in New York.

Fore more info: and about Kiehl’s products and involvement

TheoJen, me and the very cool Malcolm Jamal Warner. Boy he sure has grown up from Theo from “The Cosby Show” . Now along with riding his bike , he appears on TNT’s “Major Crimes.” He was so nice.

check presentation The people at Kiehl’s were more than happy to donate at least 125,000 to the riders for Liferide for AmFar.

ridersHere are the riders when they arrived at the Kiehl’s store at 520 Michigan , heart of the Mag Mile. Onlookers could come in or stay outside to have their picture takes with them.

the pork slidersYummy… the great folks at Lillie Q’s brought some fun to the event with these delicious pork sliders. Wash it down with a Red Bull and you have a winner. Perfect for the long ride ahead for the stars.

proclaimationMayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed today Liferide for AmFar Day in Chicago.

taking off Here are the brave riders taking off to the next stop on the multi day journey.  Our best wishes go with you and thanks!!!

About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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