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Collier County's poor need more help, says Community Foundation CEO

November 04, 2017

All the grand images of regal waterside homes, posh boutiques, manicured lawns and tony restaurants often obscure the fact that some people struggle in Naples and Collier County, a philanthropic leader said Saturday. 

Thousands of needy people — some poor, some elderly, some women, some mentally ill — struggle just to get by.

“People think, ‘Oh, we live in paradise, and the needs are not there, because everybody’s the same as we are,’” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County.

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