Jennifer Garner & Violet Attend NYC Event

Dallas Buyers Club actress Jennifer Garner was photographed with daughter Violet, 7, at her basketball game in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Sunday (September 29). Then on Tuesday (October 1), the mom-of-three was seen leaving her New York City hotel, headed for Manhattan’s Cipriani restaurant for the first-ever Save the Children benefit.

In preparation for her speech at the swanky event – which was also attended by Hilary Clinton – Jen pulled from the advice of her eldest child. 

“I told my daughter Violet that I was a little nervous to speak in front of a crowd like this, and she gave me a great piece of advice, which was: to imagine that you are all our dogs, Martha Stewart and Gandhi, and to imagine you’re all wagging your tails, waiting for a treat, and the treat is my speech!” Jennifer said at the event [as reported by Vanity Fair]. “It’s really working, Violet, thank you.”

Although humble for her efforts in the field of early childhood development, accolades were awarded to the actress.

“I asked Mark [Shriver] very nicely not to give me this award for another 10 years, and clearly you can see who is the boss in this relationship,” Jennifer said. “And the reason I asked for this furlough is that I believe that 10 years from now we’ll really have something to celebrate.”

“Our nation is on the cusp of recognizing that if the future is our children, then we have to give them our love, attention, and resources starting day one,” she added. “President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan are aggressively pushing to increase early-education funding, and our next president, Hillary Clinton, has made early education one of the three pillars of her work. She’s been a longtime champion of early education, and we’re so thrilled that she is here, so graciously continuing the fight today.”

Jennifer was sure to make the special evening a family event.

“I’m here tonight to accept this award on behalf of my parents, who are here,” Jen added. “My mother, who’s mother, Violet, crossed the country in a covered wagon, married at 14, raised her nine kids in a one-room house in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, in the height of the dust-bowl Depression. My father, who along with his brother and sisters, was raised by a widowed mother on a string and a prayer in Baytown, Texas. They both credit their success to their educations. They were the only ones in their families to graduate from college, and they credit their ability to get that education, and be successful in getting that education, to the thoughtful intervention of people outside their families. Neighbors who lent them books, teachers who believed in and pushed them, boy-scout leaders, and the members of the United Methodist Church.”

The actress concluded her speech by explaining why she also brought Violet to the event.

“My husband and I have never taken our kids to a public event before, but I brought my daughter Violet, because just as I was inspired by my parents, their stories and their quiet acts of service as I grew up, I want her to see the passionate commitment Mark Shriver and Hillary Clinton have to make the world a better place for everyone,” Jennifer said. “A while ago I said to my seven-year-old, Do you want to go and take a break and run around in the lobby? And she said, No, Mom. The speeches are really great. I want to hear everything.”

Filed under: Jennifer Garner,Violet Affleck

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  1. Anonymous

    I may be wrong but this kid will make big things in her life, we will hear her name for some amazing reasons.

    • Anonymous

      And you get that from what?

      • Eleonor

        Maybe her nice remarks, the way she appears normal, she won a lot of things, and probably because she is already more mature than you!!

        Come on, I always say in my life that some nice, police, down to earth and cool kid will do great things in their lives… Nothing wrong with that!!

        • Anonymous

          How am I Immature for wondering who the poster above knows these thing about a complete stranger kid they’ve never meet.

          • Eleonor

            I have never met my neighbours niece but seen pictures of her on facebook (always smiling, giving her toys to children in need, doing sports, drawing pictures for children in hospital) and heard how she is polite, how she always seems interested in the worlds around her.

            I often tell my neighbour that I am sure Eloise is going to be someone in her life and that she will do great things! Yes she is a complete stranger! And this is an example only.

            I don’t think a lot of us met all the people they consider to be great, and its the same for this kid, the first poster was just giving her personnal feeling, and as usual on this board about this family there is the need to be negative.

            End on my intervention! Have a nice day!

      • Heather

        Maybe from the part in the article where her mother said that she was more interested in hearing people speak on education and public service issues, than running around and playing. That shows quite a bit of foresight in such a young child.

  2. rebecca

    Sounds like a woman of substance — her priorities are her family and the causes that are important to her. Nice to see a post like this for a change …a welcome break from frivolous, publicity-seeking d-listers we often see on this site!

  3. cheryl

    Unlike a lot of other celebs (or wannabe celebs) who are featured on this site promoting themselves or products they are paid to endorse, Jennifer is all about putting family first and this comes across in all of the posts about her. There may be a mention of a movie she made 10 years ago, or one she is filming, but she’s never on the site hawking something or gratuitously sharing instagram photos of her kids.

  4. Eleonor

    It’s crazy how on this board there are a bunch of poor women always coming on the Affleck posts just to criticize and to vote, of couse NEGATIVELY, to everything!! You must be so unhappy in your own life… I cannot imagine a normal person coming to criticize a picture of a kid smiling (last time we saw Sam Affleck) or a kid being interested in making the world a better place (here with Violet Affleck)!! Shame on you! What goes around comes around!

    Oh and by the way, lets start with all your – !!

    • Alba

      Funny it happens to a lot of other post on this site do you have a problem then also because I don’t remember you commenting all the other post or is it just because it happens on Affleck post and your fan of Jen.

      Because I read many post from Jen fan on this site bashing JLO and her kids were is your outrage then.

      • Eleonor

        I am not a “fan” of anybody. I feel “closer” to some celebrities than others because I like their songs, or movies, or the way their act and what they say. I was a fan when I was 16, as an adult I am not. I also said that on some other posts about other celebrities when I don’t find the bashing normal even I don’t have particular “affinities” with the celebrity.

        I have nothing against about having an opinion but when it’s only criticizing people who mostly look like any of us with children who don’t seem to be spoiled rats or mini fashionistas unable to play in their clothes etc, I don’t find it normal, that’s all.

        I am sorry if my answer appeared unappropriate for you, I only wanted to give my point of view.

        That being said I wish you a nice day!

  5. Anne

    We know Violet is smart from the books she is constantly reading that are years beyond the 2nd grade she is in. The fact that she cares about speeches at
    her age and obviously is happy and loves to learn and has a lot of parent support
    says a lot of how her future looks very bright. She has the best education money
    can buy at her current elementary as they are one of the best in LA, trust me she
    will do good things in her life.

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