Highlights of the 2012 PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala
H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S., and Hon. Bob Menendez, U.S. Senator (NJ) addressed over 200 guests while seven were honored at the 16th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at the Hilton - Short Hills in New Jersey.
(L to R): Gala Honorary Co-Chair Deputada Maria João Ávila, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (NJ), H.E. Ambassador of Portugal Nuno Brito, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Gala Honorary Co-Chair NJ Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (Photo: Henrique Mano - LusoAmericano)
Following the tradition of bringing the annual leadership awards gala to the various Portuguese-American communities of the United States, dignitaries, members and guests came together in this vibrant New Jersey community to honor their own. Honorees from California to New Jersey to Rhode Island were recognized and feted for their outstanding accomplishments and service in a varied range of fields. Chairman of the PALCUS Board of Directors, Fernando G. Rosa, served as Master of Ceremonies in the elegantly appointed Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel at Short Hills.
PALCUS was honored by the presence of H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States and Hon. Bob Menendez, U.S. Senator (NJ-D) who each spoke on the topic of the importance of U.S. - Portugal bilateral relations and the strength of the Portuguese-American communities across the nation.
Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs were:
- Hon. Maria João Ávila, Deputada da Assembleia da República
- Hon. Albert Coutinho, Assemblyman of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Other distinguished guests included:
- Hon. Maria Amélia Paiva, Consul General of Portugal to Newark
- Hon. Daniel DaPonte, RI State Senator
- Hon. Rosa Rebimbas, CT State Representative
2012 Leadership Award Honorees
The PALCUS Leadership Awards were presented during the evening to seven outstanding Portuguese-Americans nominated by the PALCUS membership. Each honoree was presented with a gold-trimmed porcelain "jarra" specially produced, inscribed and donated by PORCEL of Portugal and facilitated by AICEP Portugal Global though Rui Boavista Marques, Trade and Investment Commissioner.
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
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
(L to R) António Oliveira (Local #472), H.E. Nuno Brito, Hon. Maria Amélia Paiva, Hon. Albert Coutinho, Sr. Espírito Santo, Mr. Al Dutra, Chairman Fernando Rosa, Ms. Margo Petitti, Mr. John G. Rebelo, Dr. António Simões, Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Mrs. Alda Petitti (Photo:Henrique Mano - LusoAmericano)
PALCUS Inaugural Scholarship Award
Dennis De Almeida, a second year Juris Doctoral Candidate at Seton Hall University School of Law, is the first recipient of the PALCUS National Scholarship Award. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from Seton Hall University, is president of the Corporate Law Society and is a co-founder of the Lusophon Student Association (undergraduate) and the Portuguese American Law Association (graduate).
Mr. De Almeida was selected for the merit-based scholarship by earning the top score in a blind evaluation process from a field of outstanding candidates on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement, responses to essay questions and professional recommendations. The award is funded by the Rosa-Simão Family Scholarship Fund and was presented by one of the family benefactors, Mr. Marc Filipe Rosa.
A second scholarship application cycle will be opened in the spring of 2013 to be presented at the 2013 Leadership Awards Gala. Individuals or organizations who wish to fund a scholarship in honor of or in memory of a loved one or other entity should contact Elisabete Martins at email@example.com for more information.
(L to R) Dennis De Almeida, Fernando G. Rosa, Marc Filipe Rosa (Photo: Henrique Mano - LusoAmericano)
PALCUS gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our donors and sponsors:
Active Print Shop
AICEP Portugal Global
Alice Pereira - Graphic Designer
António Andrade, Signature Printing
António Frias, S & F Concrete Contractors, Inc.
António Matinho, Luso-Americano Newspaper
Banco Espírito Santo
Cassella Package Store
Continental Trading & Hardware, Inc.
Councilman Augusto Amador, City of Newark, NJ
Couto & Sons, Inc.
Dept. of Portuguese and Braziian Studies, Brown University
Donzelina Barroso, J. B. Fernandes Memorial Trust
Europa Pombalense Supermarket
Fernando G. Rosa
Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD)
Gávea-Brown Publications, Brown University
Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, Attorneys-at-Law
Gerald and Barbara Hosaka
H & L Package Store
H. Robert Thiesfield, Professional Photographer
Heavy and General Construction & Laborers' Union Local # 472
Henrique Mano, LusoAmericano
Hon. Albert Coutinho, NJ State Assemblyman
Hon. Maria Amélia Paiva, Consul General of Portugal to Newark
Hon. Maria João Ávila, Deputada da Assembleia da República
Hotspot Diner/José Sousa
Iberia Tavern & Restaurant
Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College
Jeffrey A. Leitz
La Plaza Super Market
Marc Filipe Rosa
Marie & David Fraley
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Nelson C. Monteiro, Attoney-at-Law
Odete Amarelo, Ph.D.
People's United Bank
Pereira & Azevedo, LLC
Portuguese Heritage Society of California
Portuguese Instructive Social Club
'Rosa -Simao' Family Scholarship Fund
Sandra Marques, Sogevinus Fine Wines USA
Sheriff Armando Fontoura
TAP -Air Portugal
Tagus Press, UMASS-Dartmouth
The DSA Companies
The Nutshell Portuguese Cuisine
Tony Da Caneca Portuguese Restaurant
Vinhas Jewelry Store
Vintage Trading of Connecticut
Virginia Contractors Supply
Wine In Motion
Zig Zag Boutique, Inc.
16th Annual Gala Committee:
- Fernando G. Rosa, Chair
- Marie R. Fraley, Vice-Chair
- Angela Simões, Secretary
- Rosa Alves, Gala Co-Chair
- Cynthia Russo, Gala Co-Chair
- Antonio Gato, Gala Co-Chair
PALCUS would like to thank everyone who helped make the 16th annual awards gala a success!