PAY IT FORWARD: The Wall Street Journal celebrated its “Donor of the Day” column on Wednesday evening at Manhattan’s Whitney Museum of American Art. Several dozen philanthropists who have been profiled in the daily feature, including Susan Sarandon, were on hand for the dinner, sponsored by Harry Winston and Oscar de la Renta. Jeff Koons hosted the evening and spoke to the crowd about his work on behalf of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. The Whitney will also be the site of the first major Koons retrospective in New York in 2014, which will serve as the museum’s swan song on Madison Avenue before it moves to its new home in the Meatpacking District in 2015. “The next couple of years of production are very important to me, so that my work is as fresh as possible,” said Koons of the upcoming show.

John Varvatos said he devotes his charitable efforts to children’s causes, including Stuart House in Los Angeles, a direction spurred on by his own fatherhood. Folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile concluded the evening with a four-song set that set off a standing ovation from Frédéric de Narp, Alexander and Eliza Bolen, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Michelle Harper, Daniel Boulud, Julie Henderson, Heide Lindgren and Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais.

This story first appeared in the May 18, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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