José Parlá, Kiehls, TV heartthrobs, & Charities Team Up to Support Affiliate

By Alice Kenny

Talk about marrying art with a good cause! TV heartthrobs joined acclaimed Brooklyn-based abstract artist José Parlá earlier this month for the unveiling of his major artwork installation in collaboration with RxArt at Incarnation Children’s Center, a Catholic Charities affiliate serving children with HIV/AIDS.

To brighten Incarnation Children’s Center, a former convent, Mr. Parlá  donated massive murals that now cover the center’s walls.  He also photographed his vibrant work into splashes of blues, yellows, orange and more, turning this modern art into wallpaper for some of the center’s most-used living spaces; the dining room, main residence, recreation sunroom and outdoor roof deck.  There, he has covered what was a blank brick wall with waves of color to inspire the residents all year long.


In New York alone, Parlá completed major installations at One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barclays Center. Now his artwork decorates much of Incarnation Children’s Center, a nurturing home environment for approximately 20 children, ages 9 to 21 years old, many of whom have grown up living at the center -

This marked a big day for these kids. The actors screeched their motorcycles to a halt, whipped off their helmets and joined Mr. Parlá inside the center, New York City’s only skilled nursing facility providing specialized care for children with HIV/AIDS. 

The center was the first of many stops  for the actors during an 11-day “Kiehl’s Liferide for amfAR” to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research and help find a cure in our lifetime.  Kiehl’s is a NY-based skincare company that organized this seventh-annual motor-cycle ride and AmfAR, (the Foundation for AIDS Research) will benefit from this fundraiser. The actors/bikers were joined at the center by Chris Salgardo, President Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR CEO.

As for heartthrobs, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR bikers included:

  • Gilles Marini, Teen Wolf
  • Teddy Sears, Raising the Bar
  • Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls
  • Theo Rossi, Sons of Anarchy
  • Anthony Carrino, Kitchen Cousins
  • Grant Reynolds, producer
  • Ben Cohen, rugby champion
  • Milissa Sears, Sympathy for the Delicious
  • Luke Wessman, Tattoo Artist & Designer
  • Kurt Yaeger, Sons of Anarchy
  • Josh Mario John, model
  • JR Bourne, Teen Wolf

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