DOHA - The Qatari-based Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) is one of our favorite charities: it gives kids affected by crises in Asia and the Middle East access to quality primary and secondary education. This is the 4th year that Sotheby's has helped ROTA raise funds through its annual gala dinner and auction in Doha - and as usual the generosity of the quests made this a memorable event. Strong bidding for Damien Hirst ($1.1 milliion) and Richard Serra ($1.5 million) helped raise the total for the evening to $13 million. My favorite lot: a pair of earrings designed and donated by the sensational Angelina Jolie raised over $100,000.