Naples, Fla.(February 27, 2018) – Over $82,000 in proceeds from the December 2017 Naples is Rockin’ Hurricane Irma Relief Concert starring Sugar Ray has been donated by the Community Foundation of Collier County to Habitat for Humanity for construction to resolve unmet housing needs in Everglades City.

A check presentation was made at the February 27 meeting of the Collier County Board of County Commissioners.

The concert was supported by a $125,000 donation of Collier County Tourist Development Tax funds along with donations from many other area sponsors. 

“This concert was a chance for residents and visitors to celebrate the area’s recovery and raise money for those in the community that still needed help,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“This money really helps a lot,” said Everglades City Mayor Howie Grimm. Grimm urged the community to continue to support Everglades City, which suffered damages from a 9-foot storm surge and high winds during Hurricane Irma.

About Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official tourism destination marketing and management organization for Collier County, Florida, known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. The CVB produces the area’s ongoing destination marketing campaigns, tourism website and visitor guides, and provides information and assistance for group meeting and sports event planners, travel media, tour operators, and travel agents. Tourism is the key economic engine for Collier County. More than 1.7 million visitors annually provide an economic impact of over $2 billion and support over 37,000 local jobs. Ongoing destination marketing by the CVB is the key driver of visitation resulting in short-term stays in paid lodging that collect the Collier County Tourism Development Tax, which pays for beach renourishment, amateur sports facilities, destination marketing, county museums, and cultural and event grants.

For more information about Collier County Tourism, call the CVB at 239-252-6292. For information on vacationing or holding meetings in the destination, visit For information about bringing a sports event to the area, visit Follow the destination on Twitter and Instagram @ParadiseCoast, and on Facebook at

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