Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner made a rare joint appearance at New York's Plaza Hotel on Wednesday night for Save the Children's annual Illumination Gala.
Garner, who joined Save the Children's board of trustees in March, hosted the event. She has been an ambassador for the charity for many years, advocating to improve early education for children living in rural poverty in the US.
Affleck was presented with The Global Child Advocate Award for promoting maternal and child health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world’s poorest and most war-torn countries. Through the Eastern Congo Initiative, which Affleck founded in 2009, community-based health organizations in nine rural areas have provided access to quality health services and preventative care for more than 23,000 women and 18,000 children.
The Eastern Congo Initiative makes grants and offers capacity-building support to local organizations involved with supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence, reintegrating child soldiers into their communities, promoting economic opportunity, increasing access to health care and education, and promoting community-level peace and reconciliation.
Affleck previously remarked: "We support the work being done by highly capable and determined Congolese, to make their communities a better place ... Westerners are not and will never be the 'saviors' of Africa. That idea has been tried and found wanting. It is ineffectual at best and deadly at worst."
The date night for the couple was a glam switch-up of their normal routine. "Well, we're boring parents, so we just play with the girls," Garner told Us Weekly. "I'll usually cook a meal for everyone and help them with homework, that's usually our date night. He's being an amazing husband and supporting me by coming out to my charity."
Affleck gushed over his wife in return. "My wife is an amazing and strong woman," Affleck told Us. "I'm so happy to be here supporting the work that she does."
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