Last weekend some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities came together to celebrate John Varvatos’ 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit. Oscar winner Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner hosted the event in support of Stuart House, the UCLA Rape Treatment Center‘s program serving sexually abused children. Celebrities including Steven Tyler, Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts, David Schwimmer, Eddie Van Halen, Molly Sims, and Haute Living cover stars Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber attended the event at the John Varvatos boutique in the heart of Los Angeles, where they raised more than $830,000 for the program.
In support of the Stuart House’s $1 million fundraising goal, there will also be an online auction. In addition to items such as a tour of the Modern Family set, dinner with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, and golf for three with Samuel L. Jackson, the auction will see a custom Ernst Benz timepiece go under the gavel. The winner will have the opportunity to choose their own model, size, dial, case, hands, and strap with Leonid Khankin, the Creative and Managing Director of Ernst Benz. The manufacture are known for their highly legible aviation-inspired instruments, and their innovative aircraft instrument chronographs based on World War ll plane military models.
Jennifer Garner spoke at the event about the importance of the program; “I first visited Stuart House 8 years ago and I was so moved and I‘ve never forgotten that day. Stuart House is a model for the rest of the world on how to treat and handle children that have been sexually abused. It‘s so important to be out here, to celebrate them, and to take the veil of secrecy and shame off these cases.”
Meanwhile, her director husband Ben Affleck shared, “My wife told me about Stuart House and I wanted to be here to add my voice. John Varvatos is someone who cares about other people and he‘s zeroed in on something that needs help and is really doing specific good work.”
The auction benefiting the Stuart House is open from now until March 21st. To bid on the custom Ernst Benz timepiece or any other lots, please visit the auction’s website.