updated 02/19/2009 AT 8:55 AM ET
•originally published 02/19/2009 AT 9:30 AM ET
For the Children Mending Hearts Gala, Affleck, 36, received a surprise visit from his wife, Jennifer Garner.
Delivering an impassioned speech about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Affleck politely stepped aside when the event’s Humanitarian of the Year winner, CNN stud Anderson Cooper, took to the podium – allowing Affleck to return to his table, where Garner awaited him with open arms.
Garner, also 36, dressed in a dark cocktail dress, had slipped in to the gathering without fanfare and then peppered kisses upon Affleck’s cheek.
With two young girls waiting at home, the couple’s date didn’t last long, however. After 20 minutes Garner slipped out as quietly as she had arrived.
Affleck remained to take in a brief but rousing set by Sheryl Crow.