LOS ANGELES, Sep 13, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) - City National Bank today announcedthat it will donate $50,000 to The September 11th Fund, an organization set upto provide relief to victims of this week's disasters in New York andWashington, D.C.

"Our hearts go out to the people who were injured and to the families of thosewho lost their lives in this devastating catastrophe," said Russell Goldsmith,City National Bank's chairman and chief executive officer. "But shock andsadness won't diminish our will. In the coming weeks and months, I know thatevery one of us will continue to search for ways of helping our friends,neighbors and fellow Americans."

The September 11th Fund will provide immediate support to victims and theirfamilies as well as established emergency assistance agencies, such as theAmerican Red Cross and the Salvation Army. It also will bring together theresources of other nonprofit health and human service agencies.

The United Way of America and the New York Community Trust created the fund andwill administer donations from across the country. Together, they will form adistribution committee to make sure resources are used effectively.

The fund is recommended by both the Council on Foundations and the SouthernCalifornia Council on Philanthropy.

City National Bank is encouraging everyone to support the relief efforts nowunder way. Contributions to The September 11th Fund can be sent to 2 Park Ave.,New York, NY 10016. The telephone number is 212/251-4035. Donors can earmarktheir gifts for help in New York, Washington, D.C., or other affected cities,including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

City National Bank delivers banking, trust and investment services through 49offices in California. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corp., acompany with assets of $9.1 billion. The corporation's shares are traded on theNew York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CYN."

CONTACT: City National Bank, Los Angeles Cary Walker, 213/833-4715 cwalker@cityntl.com