South Florida meeting and events professionals put their money where their hearts are: They’re hosting a fundraising event to support those affected by the September 11 tragedy on December 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m at Miami’s Ocean Drive nightclub.

The fundraiser began as South Florida Meeting Professionals International’s annual holiday party, but morphed into a concert and auction. BillboardLive then came on board to provide its newly opened venue as the host site.

"I’m really excited about this event," said committee volunteer Lisa Jebb, Vice President of Sales at ME Productions, a Hollywood-based meetings production company. "As an event planner, I am often called upon to help with fundraising events. But this is especially personal to me."

In addition to MPI, participating associations include the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE); National Association of Catering Executives (NACE); International Special Event Society (ISIS); Convention & Visitors Bureaus (CVBs); Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME); Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI); Florida Association of Meetings and Events Professionals, Inc (FAME); Professional Convention Managers Association (PCMA); and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). More than 1,500 guests are expected to attend the fundraiser.

For more information, contact Clare Whelan, CMP, at (305) 858-4544, e-mail, or visit the event website at