Chris Salgardo has been with Kiehl’s, the New York-based skin care company, for 13 years and has been president for the past seven years. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has been a staunch supporter of amfAR for more than a decade, sponsoring events and generously providing in-kind donations for event silent auctions, gift bags, and appreciation gifts for amfAR’s VIP supporters. Under Chris Salgardo’s stewardship, Kiehl’s has also created several limited-edition products to benefit the Foundation.
In 2010, Chris decided to ratchet up his company’s support of amfAR and get people talking about AIDS by launching the “Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR.” Chris recruits celebrities to join him on a week-long motorcycle ride through major U.S. cities with multiple high-profile Kiehl’s store events to raise awareness of AIDS along the way. At each stop, Kiehl’s makes a donation to amfAR.
amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost joined Chris and his intrepid riders for the third annual Kiehl’s LifeRide in July 2012. The grueling 1,800-mile ride began in Miami and ended in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the International AIDS Conference. Along the way, Chris took a sharp turn too quickly and was hurled into the air as his bike careened off the road. Battered and bruised, he completed the trip, roaring into Georgetown with the rest of the riders for a store event with Sharon Stone. Through donations presented at each of the eight stops along the route, Kiehl’s contributied $115,000 to amfAR.
To date, under Chris Salgardo’s inspired leadership, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has donated more than $800,000 to amfAR and has brought renewed attention to AIDS in cities and towns across America.