Before we get to the celebrities, let’s talk charity. When it comes to babies, celebrities line up to help out. Especially celebrity moms. In this case, the charity is Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization providing low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.
For their annual gala, Baby2Baby brought together A-List celebrities, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists to raise a record 2.9 million dollars to support its work providing essential items to low-income families. Over the past five years, Baby2Baby has distributed 27 million essential items to children in need.
The guest of honor for the evening was Jennifer Garner who was recognized for her support of Baby2Baby and her ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Beautiful and generous. It’s not fair!
But it got better because the hotness known as Matthew McConaughey (dude!) presented Garner with the Giving Tree Award, which the organization awards annually to a mother who uses her position in the public eye to advocate on behalf of the low-income children the organization serves.
Jennifer Garner explained, “But truly, imagine not having the option of making your child comfortable – imagine living in a life of poverty that seems to have no way out. You don’t have to imagine it – follow Baby2baby’s case workers back to where they are making donations, to any of the number of shelters, to Save the Children’s programs in Central Valley, California. Once you see the way our neighbors are living, you can’t unsee it, I can promise you that.”
The evening also featured remarks from Baby2Baby’s star studded supporters including Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Kelly Rowland, and Molly Sims who spoke about the dangers low-income families face without access to basic necessities and applauded the organization’s leadership in uniting the Los Angeles community and beyond on behalf of a philanthropic movement to support the children Baby2Baby serves and help end the cycle of poverty.
Boyz II Men brought down the house with an incredible performance, handing out roses to an animated crowd. The A list stars and philanthropists then made their way to the after party, DJ’d by Samantha Ronson and Nikki Pennie. Stars including Jessica Alba and Stevie Wonder danced in the crowd.
While I always look at how much is being spent on these galas in order to raise the money in the first place, I can’t deny that even celebrity moms deserve a night out, especially for a good cause.