A benefit event organized by South Florida Meeting Professionals International and held in December raised over $20,000 for New York’s September 11 victims. Featuring live music by Latin Jazz guitarist and songwriter Raul Midon and signiture tastings from more than 25 restaurants, the event at BillBoardLIVE in South Beach, Fla., was held in honor of Windows on the World catering manager Jay Magazine, South Florida United Way, and WFOR Channel 4’s Neighbors for Neighbors Toys for Kids program.

SFMPI, the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, the National Association of Catering Executives, the International Special Events Society, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Association of Destination Management Executives, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, and the Florida Association of Meetings and Events Professionals, Inc., held the fundraiser in lieu of holiday parties.