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Working Today for Our Community's Tomorrow

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS 

PALCUS Announces the 
2013 Leadership Award Recipients

We are delighted to announce 2013 awardees for the 17th Annual PALCUS Leadership Awards:


  • Founder's Award - Joe da Rosa, PALCUS Founding Member
  • Artistic Achievement - Joo de Brito, Painter and Sculptor
  • Business/Entrepreneurship - Cidalia Luis Akbar & Natalia Luis, M. Luis Construction Co.
  • Community Service - John C. Pinheiro, Azorean Heritage Maritime Society, Inc.
  • Corporate Community Service - TAP Portugal Airlines
  • Young Portuguese-American "Promesa" - Nathalie Pires Cardoso, Fadista
  • Special Community Recognition - Cabrillo Festival Committee of San Diego
Join us at the Gala to congratulate the 2013 awardees who have contributed so much to our community!    

Cristina Mendonsa We are also thrilled to announce that Cristina Mendonsa, an award-winning news anchor for ABC News 10 in Sacramento, California will be the Gala's Mistress of Ceremonies. Learn more about Cristina by reading her bio.

We hope you will join us in San Diego for the 17th Annual Leadership Awards Gala!

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You are invited to the

Portuguese American Leadership Council

17th Annual Leadership Awards Gala

Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 to celebrate prominent Portuguese-Americans and organizations, and their contributions to the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities.  Over the years, the Annual Leadership Awards Gala has honored top public and private sector leaders, including John G. Rebelo, PALCUS Founder & Council of 100; PALCUS Founder & Vice Chair Mary Alice Rosa Gonsalves at Balboa Travel; Portuguese Fadista Ana Moura; Portuguese-American Citizen Project; The Honorable Ben Nighthorse Campbell, U.S. Senator from Colorado; The Today Show & Who Wants to be a Millionaire Host Meredith Vieira; and many others.

November 2, 2013

6:30: Cocktail Reception

7:30: Awards & Dinner (Black Tie Attire) Entertainment and Dancing following

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

BelAire Ballroom (Bay Tower)

1380 Harbor View

San Diego, CA 92111

Special hotel rate $119/night (single/double) for PALCUS Gala attendees. Mention PALCUS Gala. Must call 1.877.734.2726. Reservation deadline is October 1. 

Tickets now available. Register today!

The Leadership Awards is the annual fundraiser for PALCUS. Your support provides critical financial support for PALCUS to carry out its mission to address domestic and international issues directly affecting the Portuguese- American community in the U.S. PALCUS serves our community through government relations efforts, promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments, and by advancing stronger political, business, and cultural ties between Portugal and the U.S. PALCUS also looks to the future by providing internship opportunities and scholarship awards to our young Portuguese Americans. 

Register today by purchasing your Gala tickets here: http://palcus.org/programs/awards/buy-gala-tickets-and-sponsorships


For further information, contact:

Elisabete Martins at PALCUS

202.466.4664 or palcus@palcus.org

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Deadline to Submit Sponsor Form & Funding

Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2013

Payment must be submitted with sponsor form.


Sponsors may elect to pay 50% with submission of the sponsor form/agreement. The remaining 50% must be paid by October 4. Failure to pay remainder on time will result in sponsor cancellation, and PALCUS retains the initial 50% payment.


For questions regarding sponsorship and to discuss customized sponsor packages, please contact 

Lynn Izidoro Guidi (619.890.9514; lguidi@cox.net) or 

Venilde Jeronimo (650.766.6044; venilde@yahoo.com)


Please return sponsor form/agreement and payment to Elisabete Martins by email (palcus@palcus.org), fax (202.466.4661), or by mail to: PALCUS GALA 2013, 9255 Center Street, Suite 404, Manassas, VA 20110.


Deadline to Submit Sponsor Logos and Ads for Gala Program Book

Deadline:  Friday, October 4, 2013

Submission of logos and ads must be submitted by this date to meet publication deadline and to be included in the printed Gala Program. Send all materials by email to Elisabete Martins (palcus@palcus.org). Questions? Contact Elisabete.


Requirements for logos and ads:  camera-ready in high-resolution, print-ready pdf or jpg format. Minimum 600 dpi.  Dimension requirements for ad submissions:


Full page - $1,000:       6.0" wide x 9.0" high max

Half page - $500:         6.0" wide x 4.5" high max

Quarter page - $250:   3.0" wide x 4.5" high max

Business card - $150:   Regular-business card size

Business listing - $50:  Business name, address, telephone






Hotel Accommodations

Deadline to book with special rate:  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5 pm PST.

$119/night (single/double). Mention PALCUS Gala. Must call 1.877.734.2726


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor View Drive, San Diego, CA 92111


T: 619.291.2900


For further information

Lynn Izidoro Guidi (Co-Chair, Gala Committee)   619.890.9514 or Lguidi@cox.net

Venilde A. Jernimo (Gala Committee)   650.766.6044 or venilde@yahoo.com

Elisabete Martins (PALCUS; Gala Committee)   202.466.4664 or palcus@palcus.org




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Contact Information


Email: palcus@palcus.org

Website: www.palcus.org

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 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.