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.
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“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.”