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21st Awards Gala a Success!
Thank you to everyone who attended our 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala on September 23, 2017!

Over 150 guests from across the United States and Portugal gathered on a lovely evening at the Portuguese American Community Center
in Yonkers, New York, to celebrate PALCUS's 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala. H.E. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, who served as the event's Honorary Chair, gave a warm welcome to our guest of honor and keynote speaker, H.E. Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão, Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment and Chief Negotiator of the Maritime Boundary Dispute for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Ambassador of Portugal Domingos Fezas Vital delivered a message from the president of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Diniz Borges, PALCUS Director, was the evening's Master of Ceremonies assisted by PALCUS Chairwoman of the Board Angela Simões. The national anthems, "A Portuguesa" and "The Star Spangled Banner" were sung by A'Loise Santos-Faria, Miss Yonkers 2017. Guests dined on meals prepared by   Lusitânia Restaurant of Yonkers, New York and enjoyed wines provided by Hot Spot Restaurant of Newark, New Jersey.

Outgoing Chairman Fernando Rosa and Director Onésimo Almeida were recognized for their tireless dedication and service to PALCUS over the years.
The annual black tie event was attended by many notable guests representing business, finance, art, politics and education including: 
  • H.E. Milena Pires, Ambassador of Timor-Leste to the United Nations
  • Dr. Vasco Rato, President of FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation)  
  • Rodolfo Lavrador, President of the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce; General Manager, Caixa Geral de Depósitos
  • State Senator Michael Rodrigues (MA)
  • State Representative Rosa Rebimbas  (CT)
  • Manuela Bairos, Cônsul-general of Portugal in New York
  • Isabelle Marques, Conselheira das Comunidades Portuguesas (New York)
  • Portuguese-American War Veterans, Post #1, Peabody, MA
  • Dr. Onésimo Almeida and Dr. Leonor Almeida, Brown University 
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2017 Leadership Awards and the PALCUS National Scholarships. 

PALCUS Chairwoman Angela Simões, Scholarship Recipient Cathy Marques (represented by her sister, Marisa Marques), Award recipients Dr. Franciso Cota Fagundes , Adam Costa (represented by his father, Paul Costa), Ambassador Fezas Vital, Maria Lawton, H.E. Xanana Gusmão, Alan Tenreiro, Rosa Leal, Ambassador  João Vale de Almeida and Ana Ventura Miranda.


Since 1996, the PALCUS Leadership Awards have been presented annually to outstanding Portuguese-Americans who have distinguished themselves by noteworthy achievement in their professions or service to the community. The 2017 awardees represented a wide range of fields including entrepreneurship, community, public and social services and academic scholarship. The beautiful trophies were created and donated by Vista Alegre.

Leadership in The Arts
Ana Ventura Miranda
Presented by Director Katherine Soares
Leadership in Scholarship
Dr. Francisco Cota Fagundes
Presented by Director 
Anabela DaCruz-Melo
Leadership in Entrepreneurship
Maria Lawton
Presented by Director 
Angela Simões
Leadership in Education
Alan Tenreiro
Presented by Director 
Marie Fraley
Leadership in Community Service
Rosa Leal
Presented by Director 
Cynthia Russo
Young Portuguese-American "Promessa" Award
Adam Costa represented by Paul Costa
Presented by Director 
Manuel Geraldo

Recognizing the importance of a quality education, PALCUS has provided $17,000 to graduate and undergraduate Portuguese-American students through its National Scholarship Program since 2012.

This year's scholarship recipients included:
Marc Filipe Rosa, Merrill Lynch Executive and Donor presents Scholarship Award to           Marisa Marques on behalf of her sister, Catarina Marques
Graduate Division:
  • Catarina Marques, Vanderbilt University - Nashville
  • Robin Curry, Seattle University - Seattle
Undergraduate Division:
  • Gabriel Thelonious Marques Borg, University of Texas - Austin
  • Celina Caetano, University of Connecticut - Storrs
  • Gina Raquel Silva, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
The PALCUS Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generosity of the Rosa Family and the Graciette M. Simão Rosa Scholarship Fund with matching funds from Merrill Lynch, the Luso-American Fraternal Association of New Jersey as well as donations from the community. 

Please consider sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship award for a worthy student in memory of or in honor of an individual or organization for the 2017 program. Your donation may be eligible for matching funds from your employer. Please consult with your Human Resource Office for more information about matching funds. More information about giving may be found here or contact Gracielle Camilo via e-mail or by phone: (202) 466-4664. 

Please visit our website to view photos of the Gala as well as the 21st Annual  Leadership Awards Program Booklet. View a complete photo album of the Gala from Henrique Mano here.

Gala Welcome Reception 
Fernanda Forman from CitiSuites International hosted an evening reception in the Essex House in Manhattan on Friday, September 22, 2017, prior to the gala. Guests included H.E. Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, as well as members of the PALCUS Board of Directors, honorees and distinguished guests.  View a complete photo album of the reception courtesy of Henrique Mano here.
PALCUS directors at the Friday Welcome Reception. From Left to Right: Diniz Borges, Cynthia Russo, Katherine Soares, Angela Simões, Marie Fraley, Anabela DaCruz-Melo and Manuel Geraldo.  

In the News 
The 21st Anniversary Gala was featured in various Portuguese-American publications, including The Portuguese Times, Luso Americano and the Portuguese American Journal. Please visit the PALCUS in the News section on our website for complete coverage. 
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Many thanks to our generous major sponsors who support PALCUS's mission!
  • Afonso & Afonso Attorneys
  • Alice Pereira
  • Anchor Construction
  • Barbosa and Donovan LLP
  • Caixa Geral de Depositos
  • CitiSuites International Realty
  • Continental Hardware Inc
  • Couto & Sons Inc
  • Da SIlva & Associates
  • Fernanda Forman
  • Ferreira Management Group
  • Ginja9
  • Heavy & General Construction, Laborers Local 472
  • HEDCO, Inc.
  • Henrique Mano Photography
  • Hot Spot Restaurant
  • Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, Rhode Island College
  • Joe DaRosa
  • Johnny's Florist
  • John Medeiros Jewelry
  • John Rebelo Jr.
  • Law Office of Anabela DaCruz-Melo
  • Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)
  • Luso-Americano (Media Sponsor)
  • Lunaer
  • Luso-American Financial
  • Manuel Grova, ESq.
  • Monteiros Dynamic Travel
  • Marc F. Rosa
  • NC Wooden
  • People's United Bank
  • Perreira & Azevedo
  • Portugal ReConnect
  • Radio Voz do Imigrante
  • RTP (Media Sponsor)
  • Santos Wholesale Florist
  • S & F Concrete Contractors
  • SATA/Azores Airlines
  • Signature Printing
  • TAP Portugal
  • The Grossman Group, Merrill-Lynch
  • Vinhas Jewelry Store
  • Vista ALegre
  • Zig-Zag Boutique

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.

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