The International Association of Conference Centers ( is reaching out to help one of its own. Before September 11, The World Trade Institute, a nonresidential conference center owned by Pace University and managed by Benchmark Hospitality, spanned the 55th floor of New York’s One World Trade Center. Today, of course, it’s gone. While none of the facility’s 14 employees was harmed when the towers came down, many are facing difficult circumstances as they look for new jobs. More than 100,000 New York City workers have been laid off in as a result of the attacks.

To do its part, IACC has pledged $5,000 to establish a relief fund for WTI employees. The monies will enhance the severace packages of WTI workers who no longer have jobs. Donations to the fund should be sent to: IACC/WTI Employee Assistance Fund, c/o Merrill Lynch, 65 East State St., 26th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215.