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The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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PALCUS Announces 2012 Leadership Award Honorees


The PALCUS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Leadership Awards.  This distinguished group of individuals and organizations will be honored at the 16th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at the Hilton Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersey.


2012 Leadership Award Honorees


The PALCUS Leadership Awards are presented annually to outstanding Portuguese-Americans who have distinguished themselves by noteworthy achievement in their professions or service to the community. Presentations are made at the annual PALCUS Leadership Award Gala where awardees are recognized for their personal accomplishments as well as for the honor that they have brought to the Portuguese-American community.


The PALCUS Board of Directors selects recipients with the objective of identifying and recognizing individuals from a broad and varied range of fields.  Any member of PALCUS in good standing may nominate an individual or an organization for an award in any category.


Founder's Award

John Rebelo, PALCUS Founder and Council of 100


Leadership in Community Service

Albert S. Dutra, President, Portuguese Heritage Society of California


Leadership in Education

António Simões, Ed.D., Dean Emeritus, Fairfield University


Leadership in Public Service

Armando B. Fontoura, Sheriff, Essex County,  NJ


Outstanding Organization

Heavy and General Construction Laborers Union Local #472


Young Portuguese American "Promessa" Award

Margo Petitti, Owner/Designer at Margo Petitti


Leadership in Corporate Philanthropy

Banco Espirito Santo



PALCUS Scholarship Program

The first national PALCUS Scholarship will be awarded at the 16th Annual Gala.  One award of $1,000 is sponsored by the "Rosa-Simão Scholarship Fund".  Click here to read more and download the application.


16th Annual Leadership Awards Gala


Hilton Short Hills  Hilton Short Hills, New Jersey


Join us on October 27th, 2012 at the Hilton Short Hills, Short Hills, New Jersey as we celebrate the achievements of the Portuguese American community and PALCUS' 21st anniversary.


Honorary Co-chairs:

Hon. Alberto Coutinho, Assemblyman, State of New Jersey and

Hon. Maria Joao Avila,  Deputada da Assembleia da República


Mistress of Ceremonies:

Luisa Handem Piette, Knight International Journalism Fellow


Gala Details:

  • When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Time:   Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hilton Short Hills, 41 JFK Parkway, Short Hills, New Jersey
  • Attire: Black Tie
  • RSVP by October 10th 



  • PALCUS Members $175 
  • Non-members $225
  • Young Portuguese American Members $135
  • Please make checks payable to "PALCUS" and mail to: PALCUS, 9256 Center Street, Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110
  • Or order tickets online at: www.palcus.org
  •  For transportation and lodging information, click here




PALCUS gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our major sponsors:

Please sponsor us by visiting http://palcus.org/programs/awards


Congratulatory messages are welcomed!


Please send your graphics/text in PDF format by September 30th to palcus@palcus.org


16th Annual Gala Committee:

  • Fernando G. Rosa
  • Marie R. Fraley
  • Rosa Alves
  • Cynthia Russo
  • Antonio Gato
  • Angela Simões
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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 © 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 advance 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.