Jennifer Garner was honoured with a lifetime impact award by Variety’s Power of Women, which recognizes philanthropic work by women in Hollywood.
Ditching her trademark mom jeans, the 38-year-old actress looked sharp and well put together she arrived at Variety’s 2nd Annual Power Of Women Luncheon today (September 30) to be honored for her work with Save the Children.
Eva Mendes, meanwhile, was recognized for her work with Art of Elysium – a non-profit organisation which encourages actors, artistes and musicians who dedicate their time to children suffering from serious medical conditions.
Katie Holmes was also among the awardees for her work with the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization she set up in 2009 with American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, The Pacifier director Adam Shankman and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba to help underprivileged young people in the US become professional dancers and to increase access to dance education in America.
“By honouring this incredible group of high-profile women who are leading the charge, we hope to inspire and empower everyone within our industry – and throughout the world – to get involved and give back,” says Michelle Sobrino, Variety’s associate publisher. “The goal of Variety Power of Women is to celebrate women in entertainment who have made significant contributions to the philanthropic and charitable causes closest to their hearts.”
Other honorees included actress Amy Adams for her work on behalf of The Ghetto Film School, Management 360 Founding Partner Suzan Bymel for her contribution to the Global Creative Forum, Jumper star Diane Lane for her association with Heifer International — which gives livestock and training to families in poverty across the world — and Natalie Portman who is recognized for being an Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, which aims to provide small loans and other financial services to help families get out of poverty.