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The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 29 Years!
LUSUS Newsletter
Special Edition
Alexandre Antonio da Costa Simoes Memorial Scholarship
Book Launch
As many of you know, PALCUS Chair, Angela Simoes, and her husband lost their 9 month old son, Alexandre, suddenly and unexpectedly in February of 2019.  Since then, the Simoes family has received an outpouring of support from the community.  One of the biggest gestures of support has been the establishment and funding of the Alexandre Antonio da Costa Simoes Memorial Scholarship with PALCUS.  This scholarship has been 100% funded by community donations, and currently totals more than $20,000. 
To continue funding this scholarship, Angela has authored a book about the signs one receives from a loved one who is in Heaven.  The book titled "Was that you?" has been published on May 3rd, Alexandre's birthday and also International Bereaved Mother's Day, and will be available on Amazon only.  The proceeds from this book will fund the scholarship in Alexandre's memory. 
The book is written in the style of a children's book so that parents who have lost a child can read this book to them.
"It might sound like a strange concept, reading a book to a child who has passed, but for me, it's a way not only to stay connected with our son, but also to recognize that his spirit is still around us," said Angela.  "Also, as a mom, I want to do whatever I can for my children, and this is something I can do for him, and honor his memory."
Purchase the book on  Amazon or make a donation to the 
Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110
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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 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 under the IRS tax code and  incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

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