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PALCUS - 18th Annual Leadership Awards Black & White Gala

Arte Institute suggests "PALCUS - 18th Annual Leadership Awards Black & White Gala".

Saturday, October 11, 2014


7:00 pm: Cocktail reception
8:00 pm: Awards & Dinner

Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, Maryland

Entertainment by Carlos M. da Fonseca, Fadista.


18th PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala

The Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States announces that its annual Leadership Awards will take place on October 11, 2014, at the Oxon Hill Manor National Harbor, Maryland, starting at 6; 30 pm.

The Honorary Chairs are Sen. Jack Reed (RI) and Sen. Patrick Toomey (PA), co-chairs of The Friends of Portugal in the US Senate and Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis Akebar, owners of M. Luis Construction of Maryland.

The Gala Committee announced the Awards Recipients for 2014:

International Award - Dr. Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Regional government of Azores, Portugal.

Education Award- Alberto Carvalho Superintendent of Miami Dade Schools–Business Award - John Mello, President and chief Executive of Amrys, California.

Entrepreneur Award – Bill Freitas / Colonels  Limited LLC  dba Papa John Franchises, Washington DC.

Community Award ( individual ) - Liliana C. de Sousa – President of the Organizing Committee of the Boston Portuguese Festival and member of the Organization of Provincetown,  Mass Portuguese Festival.

Community Award – (organization)  Portuguese American Veterans of Peabody Mass.

Special Recognition Award - Frank Baptista, President and Director Radio Voz do Emigrante/ WHTB 1400 AM Fall River, Mass.

The Awards  will be specially prepared by Portuguese porcelain company PORCEL with the assistance of AICEP.

Also being presented are the National Scholarships to three outstanding Portuguese American Students. The Graduate being recognized is Horacio  Martins Oliveira.

“ On behalf of the Board of Directors I am very happy with the selection of the awards Recipients as PALCUS continue to promote the Success of the Portuguese Americans in the United. PALCUS is very honored to have M. Luis construction as the major sponsor of the event and the new partnership with the Madeira Film Festival and Madeira wine by Justino” – stated Fernando G. Rosa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PALCUS.

Expected to be in attendance are  HE Dr. Nuno Brito,  Ambassador of the Republica of Portugal to the United States;  Dr. Vasco Rato, President of Fundacao Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD) of Lisbon, Portugal, Maria Joao Avila,  Deputy Representing the Communities at the Portuguese General Assembly,  Rushern Baker, County Executive of Prince George County, Maryland, Madeira Film Festival, and Madeira Film Festival.

The event will be emceed by Rui Ponte, Architect, (Maryland), the entertainment will be provided by Fadista Carlos Fonseca.

M. Luis Construction of Maryland is the major  Sponsorship of the Gala and Jornal Luso Americano newspaper is the Press Sponsor.

The celebrations will kick off on Thursday, October 9th with a Madeira wine cocktail, wines by Justino and the showing of several short films. This will take place at the Embassy of Portugal auditorium and the event is open to the general public.

On Friday evening , HE Ambassador Brito will host a reception for the award recipients and guests.

The pre Gala reception at the Oxon Hill mason will be hosted by the Madeira Film Festival and the Madeira Wine by Justino.

The dinner will be prepared by Caterers- Absolutely Perfect, and the guest will be staying at Hotel – Aloft National Harbor.

The Gala Committee is being chaired by Ingrid and Palcus founder/Director Manuel Geraldo of Maryland. Additional members of the Committee are PALCUS Directors:  Fernando G. Rosa, Angela Costa Simoes, Manuel Geraldo II, Cynthia Maques Russo and the local Committee:  Elisabete Martins, Telma Nazario, Florentino Gregorio, Maria Rebelo, Georgette Lima, Graciete Woltering, Matilde Coelho and  Maria Fernandes.