Jennifer Garner makes first public appearance since split

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Jennifer Garner was all smiles when she stepped out for her first public appearance since announcing her split from husband Ben Affleck in late June.

The 43-year-old actress looked happier than ever as she joined a group of A-list celebrities for the Think It Up education initiative telecast held in Santa Monica, California, on Friday.

Garner kept her style cool and casual for the fundraising event hosted by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). She paired black skinny jeans with a simple fitted tee from the organization, which aims to improve education in America and inspire public school students to turn their passion into projects.

During the event, which was also attended by celebs like Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves and Kristen Bell, the 13 Going on 30star hung out with Gwyneth Paltrow. Ironically, Paltrow dated Affleck from 1997 to 2000. Maybe the two had a lot to talk about?

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Despite all the drama that has consumed her life lately, it looks like Garner is staying positive.

Affleck and Garner announced their divorce on June 30, just one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary. Rumors swirled that the reason for the split was due to an alleged affair that Affleck had with the couple's former nanny, Christine Ouzounian, but Affleck's reps have vehemently denied that to ET.

While both Garner and Affleck have been seen around Los Angeles over the last couple of weeks without their wedding rings, the two have appeared amicable and kept a united front for their three kids, Violet, Seraphina and Benjamin. They have attended doctor appointments and counseling sessions together in California, and Affleck regularly traveled to Georgia while Garner was filming the movie Miracles From Heaven in the Atlanta-area. The entire family even traveled to Florida to celebrate Affleck's 43rd birthday in mid-August.

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Actors Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
ARCHIV: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills (Foto vom 15.01.07). Ben Affleck und Jennifer Garner erwarten ihr drittes Kind. Das teilten die Sprecher der beiden Schauspieler am Montag (22.08.11) in Los Angeles mit. Das Paar sei ausser sich vor Freude ueber die Schwangerschaft, hiess es in der kurzen Erklaerung. Affleck und Garner ("Pearl Harbor") haben bereits zwei Toechter: die fuenfjaehrige Violet und die zweijaehrige Seraphina Elizabeth Rose. Die Schauspieler, die beide 39 Jahre alt sind, sind seit 2005 verheiratet. Foto: Mark J. Terrill/AP/dapd
Actor Ben Affleck points while Jennifer Garner smiles as they sit next to the Boston Red Sox dugout prior to the start of their baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday, June 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck during the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actress Jennifer Garner kisses her husband, actor Ben Affleck, at Fenway Park during a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in Boston Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Actors Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck are shown during Game 1 of the World Series in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this image made available by the Joint Network Gulf Coast Benefit, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner man the phone bank in Los Angeles during Shelter from the Storm, the live, one-hour primetime simulcast on America's six largest broadcast networks, along with several cable networks, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. Viewers in nearly 100 countries were able to tune in. Contributions were being solicited for the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. (AP Photo/Joint Network Gulf Coast Benefit, Craig Sjodin)
Boston Red Sox fans Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck take in the game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in Boston Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on October 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on October 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and wife actress Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen holding hands on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen with their daughter, Seraphina Affleck on February 06, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 07: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 07, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ben Affleck' Episode 1641 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck during the monologue on May 18, 2013 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Actors Jennifer Garner (L) and Ben Affleck attend the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by Hasbro Studios, at John Varvatos Los Angeles on March 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos)
Argo director Ben Affleck kisses his wife actress Jennifer Garner after winning the Oscar for Best Movie at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) 23116_016_1209.jpg
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend Variety's 4th Annual Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Argo' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attends 'Argo' Post Premiere Party - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
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