Stars Announced For Save The Children Centennial Events

Save the Children, the international humanitarian organization, announced today that Jennifer Garner will host its “Centennial Celebration: Once in a Lifetime” event on October 2 in Beverly Hills, with a special performance by five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor.

Tommy Hilfiger, founder of Tommy Hilfiger, will be honored at “The Centennial Gala: Changing The World for Children” gala in New York City on September 12. To help celebrate the night in New York, chef and humanitarian José Andrés will create a special dessert for guests to enjoy. As previously announced, the two events are a culmination of the organization’s 100th year anniversary and will celebrate Save the Children’s mission to do whatever it takes for the most vulnerable children in the United States and around the world.

As previously announced, Save the Children will also host a second centennial celebration on October 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Save the Children Trustee and actor Jennifer Garner will host the event, which will honor The Walt Disney Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger with The Centennial Award. Special guest Oprah Winfrey will present the award to Mr. Iger. The West Coast event will be a night to remember with performances by James Taylor and the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda. Attendees will be treated to a dessert specially created for the event by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck.

“By continuing to advocate for the rights of children globally, Tommy Hilfiger has not only become a notable humanitarian figure, but he has built a brand based on corporate responsibility. We’re looking forward to honoring him for those efforts in New York in September,” said Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children. “And while Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children trustee, has hosted previous galas, we are thrilled to have her serve as the host of our first West Coast celebration in October. She is deeply committed to issues affecting children and most recently brought hope and joy to children recently released from government custody benefitting from Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces in hospitality centers in New Mexico.”

Over the past 100 years, Save the Children has changed the lives of far more than 1 billion children, reaching 134 million children in 2018 alone. As the world’s leading expert on children, with operations in 120 countries including the United States, Save the Children has an unparalleled ability not only to develop and test innovations, but also to dramatically scale what works – creating lasting, transformative change for children. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, Save the Children launched The Promise of Childhood Campaign, a fundraising effort to raise $100 million to accelerate their work today and ensure their programs for tomorrow.

For more information on the West Coast event, please visit www.savethechildren.org/Celebration

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Jennifer Garner Gives Passionate Speech About Child Poverty While Testifying on Capitol Hill

Jennifer Garner spoke in front of members of Congress to advocate for early childhood education in a passionate speech on Thursday.

The actress, who serves as a trustee and ambassador for Save the Children, testified on Capitol Hill before a House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing, where she called for more funding toward childhood education programs.

In her testimony, the actress recounted a home visit she made in California, in which an 11-month-old baby was so deprived of stimulation that he didn’t even look up at her when she entered the room and instead was glued to the TV from the floor. After encouraging the mother to play with him, the group coordinator she was with gave the little boy a ball and he instantly perked up and responded positively. Garner, a mother of three, seemed to get slightly emotional as she started speaking about how poverty and a lack of childhood stimulation affects children.

“A child who is not touched, who is not spoken to, who is not read to or sung to in the first five years of his or her life will not fully recover,” Garner, 44, said. “Neglect can be every bit as harmful as abuse. When many of these children enter kindergarten, they don’t know their letters and numbers, they don’t know how to sit in a circle or listen to a story, they don’t know how to hold a book. They may have never even seen a book.”

“It’s easy to escape responsibility for disgrace like that by blaming the parents,” she added. ” ‘Who doesn’t talk to a child? Who doesn’t sing to their child?’ I’ll tell you who — parents who have lived their whole lives with the stresses that come with food scarcity, with lack of adequate shelter, with drug addiction and abuse. Parents who were left on the floor when they were children, ignored by their parents who had to choose, as one out of three mothers in this country do, between providing food or a clean diaper for their children.”

“Poverty dulls the senses, it saps hope, it destroys the will,” she said.

Garner was joined by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, professor of child development and education at Columbia University and Don Millican, spokesman for the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

“I’ve had the honor of working with Jennifer at Save the Children for the past nine years,” said Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network in a statement. “She is an incredible champion for children and works tirelessly to make sure low-income kids across the country have access to critical early education programs like Head Start and home visiting, as well as high-quality child care. She knows that it’s essential to our country’s future to invest in kids.”

On Tuesday, Garner’s estranged husband Ben Affleck revealed in a Facebook post that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction. In his statement, he thanked Garner, saying: “I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do.”

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Jennifer Garner Dazzles as She Is Honored for Charity Work at Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala

People.com did an article talking about Jennifer being honored at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala.

Jennifer Garner took center stage at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday night. The actress was honored at the gala for her work with early childhood education.

Garner, 44, stunned in a long, black gown with a plunging asymmetrical strappy neckline for the special occasion. She kept her hair loose around her shoulder and paired her look with simple silver jewelry.

Steven Sawalich of the Starkey Hearing Foundation introduced Garner, praising the actress for her dedication to her philanthropic work with children.

“Her name is recognizable in the entertainment world as an award-winning performer,” Sawalich said. “She’s a talented and beautiful actress, but one of my favorite callings about Jennifer Garner, is that, many of you may or may know is her far-reaching effect in the philanthropic world, and her passion for advocacy for early childhood education.”

Garner took the stage to accept the award and received a large medal, which she wore around her neck.

“Thrilled to honor Jennifer Garner for her incredible philanthropic efforts with @SavetheChildren! #StarkeyGala,” the Starkey Foundation’s posted on Twitter.

Garner delivered an emotional speech at the event, which featured a star-studded crowd including John Mellencamp, Johnny Depp, Jay Leno and more.

“Oh my gosh, this night. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Did you guys?,” she said. I mean, I got a necklace, and I’ve been crying back there. It’s an honor to be here with you all, it’s an honor now especially at the end of the night to receive this award.”

Jennifer Garner to Launch Children’s Craft Line Exclusively at Jo-Ann

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, has announced an exclusive partnership with Jennifer Garner on a new line of creative kits and projects for active kids. We Made It by Jennifer Garner will be available exclusively at Jo-Ann stores and Joann.com beginning in June.

In celebration of the launch, Jo-Ann is proud to support Save the Children with a $75,000 donation for programs helping children in need in the U.S. As Artist Ambassador and trustee, Garner advocates for Save the Children’s early education programs with the goal of ensuring that every child in America has access to quality education from cradle to cap and gown.

“As a mom and children’s advocate, I believe it’s very important we encourage children to express themselves and explore their imaginations,” said Jennifer Garner. “The We Made It line makes it easy and fun for families to form lasting memories together while developing their children’s creativity and intellectual abilities. I am excited to share We Made It with families and have a portion of the proceeds benefit Save the Children, a charity that is so important to me.”

We Made It by Jennifer Garner is a collection of more than 100 creative kits and projects designed to promote imaginative exploration among children ages 4 to 11. The kits feature four creative categories, each encouraging inspiration and collaboration in a different way: Grow, Memorable, Playful and Sweet.

Grow – foraging baskets, flower press kits and bird feeder projects are a few examples of the grow category which aims to stimulate exploration and observation of the natural world.

Memorable – from framed family portraits to custom treasure boxes, the creative kits in the memorable category help children form lasting memories while developing personal interests and style.

Playful – the playful category inspires self-expression and improvisation with creative kits including DIY wooden playsets and cute costumes.

Sweet – there are more learning benefits related to baking treats than one might imagine – think of all the math – but the colorful kitchen prep mats, cookie stamps and other creative kits in the sweet category help keep children focused on the fun.

“Now more than ever, parents and caretakers are searching for creative ways to integrate real learning opportunities into their children’s play,” said Megan Featherston, senior vice president, merchandising, for Jo-Ann. “Jennifer Garner has done a fantastic job of making learning an interactive and playful experience with We Made It, a collection so perfectly aligned with the Jo-Ann mission to inspire the creativity in every person.”

For additional information, inspiration and videos, visit Joann.com/wemadeit.

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Jennifer Garner: Early Childhood Education is Important

Actress Jennifer Garner spent this week in the Palmetto state urging leaders to continue to focus on improving early childhood education.

“I really wanted to help kids, like those who I grew up with in West Virginia and in rural America,” said Garner.

Actress, Jennifer Garner saw at a young age how living in a middle class family can make a big difference when it comes to education.

She’s now an ambassador for the Save the Children Network. The program brings books and other tools to children before they are 5 years old in efforts to stimulate their minds.

“I see a light go on and they are so happy to have a little help, I see a light go on in the babies and moms faces and you see more of a connection. The more hope you have in the child and hearing the words they need to hear and accrue the language they need to be successful and read and start kindergarten.”

President of the Save The Children Network Mark Shriver says investing in children when their brain is still developing should be a bigger focus in this country.

“When you have kids that are so far behind because they are living in poverty, I think that is the greatest social justice question in this country right now. We spend billions of dollars trying to get kids up to speed, when we should be investing early in those crucial first five years,” said Shriver.

Lasonya Colter works with families in rural Orangeburg County.

“We have third graders that are reading on a first grade level, so that is why it is imperative that we have books in the home at an early age,” Colter.

Studies show that in some cases a four year old living in poverty can be 18 months behind their middle class counterparts.

Garner says it’s all because they are not engaged at a young age.

“Just like a computer screen will go to sleep if its not used, your brain does that too and for little kids when their brains aren’t being used and they are just sitting quietly that’s not good. You want them running around, you want them messy. They are working through things, they are growing, that’s the point,” said Garner.

The Save the Children Network has been in the Midland for more than 10 years and they hope to expand to more counties around the state in the future.

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Actress Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children advocate, visits SC school

Four-year-olds at Bishopville Primary School likely did not recognize their special guest.

But when actress Jennifer Garner sat down in the rocking chair and read “Quick as a Cricket” to them, they were full of giggles and exclamations and, when she finished the book, urged her to “Do it again! That was fun!”

Garner – an artist ambassador for Save the Children – stopped by the school Wednesday to learn how the child-advocacy organization’s programs are impacting S.C. children.

An international child-welfare aide program, Save the Children has U.S. programs aimed at promoting early childhood literacy and health for children starting at birth.

At Bishopville Primary School, Save the Children makes after-school programs possible and sends books home with children, among other benefits, said Principal Lei Washington.

But for children ages birth to 5 years, the program sends early childhood advocates into the homes of high-poverty families to teach parents about the importance of literacy starting at birth.

Save the Children currently partners with 15 communities in six S.C. counties, serving 6,616 children. Continue reading “Actress Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children advocate, visits SC school”