Pictures of Jennifer Garner in LA and Ben Affleck in DC Being a Congo Activist

Ben and Jen Prep For Violet's Big Day With Philanthropy and Friends

Jennifer Garner flashed a smile yesterday afternoon as she met up with friends in LA, while her husband Ben Affleck was across the country in DC joining Senator John Kerry for a discussion about US policy in Congo. Ben has long been active in trying to bring attention and support to the troubled African nation, and he even penned an editorial in the Washington Post describing his ideas on how to bring peace to the war-torn region. Jennifer later threw on a skirt that was pretty short by her standards to join pals for a rare evening out at the Key Club. She got the party started ahead of her and Ben's daughter Violet's big fifth birthday today, and to celebrate the milestone we a look back at the little one's first years.

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