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At last night’s 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City, Jennifer Garner not only showed off her toned physique in a body-hugging Calvin Klein LBD, dazzling Bulgari jewels, and Charlotte Olympia pumps, but she also revealed to InStyle just how she stays in shape during the holiday season.
Her secret? Sticking to a normal routine and getting in exercise whenever she can. “I just try to stay consistent,” the actress, who sees trainer Valerie Waters as often as possible during this busy time of year, says. “If I’m going to a party, I know not to go crazy because I’m still going to get up and workout no matter what. I think that’s what it’s about.” However, the star does recognize that sometimes life gets in the way—especially with three kids. “You can’t be perfect,” she shares.
Garner—who works closely with Save the Children and was featured as one of InStyle’s Shining Stars in our December issue for her dedication to the cause—hosted the benefit at the famed Plaza Hotel, where her husband Ben Affleck was one of the honorees. The gala benefited the the organization’s efforts to give children in more than 120 countries (including the United States) a stronger start in life by providing medical aid, food, water, and educational tools.
Plus, she reveals how being a mom has affected her commitment to the charity at the event, which also honored Tony Blair and was attended by Dakota Fanning and Trisha Yearwood, among others
Wednesday night’s Save the Children Illumination Gala at the Plaza Hotel was all about family.
The second-annual event, which helps support Save the Children’s objectives to work to eliminate preventable childhood deaths worldwide and ensure every U.S. child has access to high-quality early childhood education, was hosted by Jennifer Garner, who was honored at last year’s gala and brought her daughter, Violet, to that event.
This year, her husband, Ben Affleck, was honored along with others who’ve done exemplary work to help children around the world.
On the red carpet, Garner told The Hollywood Reporter that having kids has strengthened her commitment to the charity — which serves impoverished, marginalized children around the world – and helped her relate to the women and caretakers she visits.
“There’s nothing that levels the playing field like being a mom and the conversations are as real with those women as they would be with my friends in the Palisades,” Garner said. “Those women love their kids as much as I love mine, and they should have every possible advantage and lack of disadvantage that I have.”
During his speech, Affleck praised Garner for her dedication to Save the Children, indicating that she goes beyond the philanthropic efforts undertaken by most stars.
“Look, I know a lot of celebrities. I’ve seen a lot of celebrities do good work, philanthropic work, show up, take a picture, raise a little money, go to a hospital, shake a kid’s hand, get a picture taken, you know, do their part, albeit a minimal one. My wife is no f—ing joke,” Affleck said. “She really cares about these issues, deeply and personally with the fervent strength that she cares about raising our children and the books, endless books that she hands me (that I’m going to get to) about early childhood education.”
He went on to praise her concern for children in the U.S. who aren’t receiving proper education.
“We are too wealthy a country and too good of a country to allow so many of our children to receive so poor of an education. She feels for those children and she feels for us, if we’re to see millions of Americans grow up without an education, completely ignorant, hostile, jaded, brains half-formed. This is a recipe for disaster for our country,” Affleck said. “I admire what you do and if I may say so, you’ll have to forgive me, Save the Children is damn lucky to have you!”
The actor was humble and self-deprecating when accepting the Global Child Advocate Award for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, joking that he wasn’t supposed to be there.
“There’s clearly been a terrible mistake,” he said. “First of all, I have to assume somebody dropped out at the last minute.”
He then praised the people on the ground in the Congo whom he called “real heroes.”
“What everyday Congolese people do in their lives and with their children, to me, is nothing short of heroic. And I know about heroic,” The Batman v. Superman star said. “Every single person who works for the Congo deserves to wear that cape a lot more than I do…I humbly accept this honor on behalf of the Congolese people.”
Affleck also spoke passionately about the need to help the area and the children who live there.
“This is an area that merits our attention, and if you travel there, I assure you, you will not find people who are helpless, you will not find people who are asking for handouts,” he said. “You will find people who are working their ass off to make their community better and their lives better and their families better and just need some small measure of assistance, a good deal less, incidentally, then every single one of us receives in the United States of America.”
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He added: “These children are deeply vulnerable and they need and they deserve our help.”
Affleck and Garner weren’t the only members of their family in attendance that night, with Garner’s parents also joining them for dinner, Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles said.
Other honorees included former British prime minister Tony Blair, Austin Hearst, T.J. Maxx, Bangladesh paramedic Aziza Begum and the organization’s Long Island and Greenwich Leadership Councils.
Trisha Yearwood delivered a brief performance at the top of the show, before racing off to North Carolina, where her husband Garth Brooks had booked a concert despite her insistence to keep that night open.
Dakota Fanning, who recently started working with Save the Children, was also on hand to present the CEO of T.J. Maxx’s parent company TJX, Ernie Herrman, with the National Responsibility Award. Fanning told THR on the red carpet that she traveled to Kentucky recently to see some of Save the Children’s programs.
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“I think any charity that’s sort of about the next generation and making them better is very important and Save the Children is all about that,” she said.
Save the Children’s animal ambassador Lassie also walked the red carpet and gave reporters a few barking soundbites.
In accepting his award toward the end of the gala, Blair said, “I’ve addressed conferences, gala dinners, assemblies, Parliaments, United Nations… but I’ve never actually done a reception with a dog before. And I feel like I’m finally finding my level.”
In addition to $100,000 raised from donations at the end of the gala, Save the Children is also set to benefit from a new $10 million global partnership with Johnson & Johnson, announced Wednesday night.
Sydney Bristow would be proud: Jennifer Garner‘s girls are learning to master martial arts.
The actress, 42, wants her daughters to embrace their “femininity” by playing with baby dolls and knowing how to bake.
However, she also wants Violet, 9 next month, and Seraphina, 5½, “to be able to kick a guy’s ass,” she told reporters on the red carpet at the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala.
“That’s why they’ve been taking karate since they were little!”
But book smarts are equally important to Garner. “I want my girls to love math and I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest job on the planet,” she said at the event, which honored her husband, Ben Affleck.
According to the actor, Garner, who is on the board of trustees of Save the Children and who hosted the gala, is a great role model for their daughters.
“I think they understand what my wife understands full well, which is that it’s important to be strong and present and powerful and accept nothing less than a man would and in fact, ask for more,” Affleck, 42, says.
“That’s part of what I admire about my wife and I know through her example that my children will absorb that.”
While her children — including son Samuel, 2½ – wish she could stay home with them all the time, Garner says, “I want my kids to know that if working is important to me, and working for Save the Children is important to me, then that’s valid and that as much as I love them, I’m my own person too.”
Jennifer attends the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at the Plaza Hotel on November 19 in New York City.
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Jen is featured in In Style December issue and I added scan to our gallery.
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The holidays arrived early on Wednesday night in Culver City, as The BookBindery was adorned with a string of festive lights, decorative holly plants and wooden Christmas trees (with wrapped gifts tucked underneath, of course) to celebrate Toms founder Blake Mycoskie’s new holiday collection with Target.
Ever since he founded Toms shoes in 2006 and continuing as he has grown his business to include sunglasses and coffee, the chief shoe giver has wanted to expand his reach of the one-for-one giving model (for every item purchased, a donation is made) and Target allowed him to do so. “It’s an amazing opportunity to help so many more people during the holiday season and really important, helping people in the United States and Canada,” Mycoskie told Pret-a-Reporter, adding that his latest collab will provide 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need during the holidays.
Jennifer Garner, who attended the evening’s festivities, looks forward to paying it forward this year through the Toms x Target collection. “There’s so many different places for giving back. We need to look at giving back in a global sense and people in our own backyard and this is a great way to give back,” said the Men, Women & Children actress, referring to the charitable collection. “You buy something at Target that you actually want and Toms takes care of the giving for you, so you can feel good about it.”
Attendee Jessica Alba shared that sentiment: “I just love how tangible the giving is. You get a bag and you know it’s going to provide a certain number of warm meals to someone in need or you get a poncho and you know it’s going to provide a blanket.”
During the soiree, guests were invited to shop the limited-edition line, including women’s cozy knit sweaters ($32) and comfy ponchos ($28), men’s casual shirts ($30) and Toms ceramic cups ($15). Soon you, too, can shop for the cause when the range drops at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and Target.com starting Nov. 16. Happy holidays.
Jennifer attends the TOMS for Target Launch Event at Book Bindery on November 12 in Culver City.
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