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Join us!  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 to celebrate prominent Portuguese-Americans and organizations, and their contributions to the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities. 

Register today

November 2, 2013

6:30: Cocktail Reception

7:30: Awards & Dinner Entertainment and Dancing following

Mistress of Ceremonies:    Cristina Mendonsa, Award-winning News Anchor

ABC News 10, Sacramento, CA


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Fairbanks Ballroom

1380 Harbor View

San Diego, CA 92111

Special hotel rate $119/night (single/double). To make a reservation, call 1.877.734.2726 and mention PALCUS Gala or click here to make a reservation online. Reservation deadline is October 1. 


2013 Honorees

Founder's Award - Joe da Rosa, PALCUS Founding Member

Artistic Achievement Award - João de Brito, Painter and Sculptor

Business/Entrepreneurship Award - Cidália Luis-Akbar & Natália Luis, M. Luis Construction Co.

Community Service Award - John C. Pinheiro, Azorean Heritage Maritime Society, Inc.

Corporate Community Service Award - TAP Portugal Airlines

Young Portuguese-American "Promessa" Award - Nathalie PiresFadista

Special Community Recognition Award - Cabrillo Festival Committee of San Diego


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Tickets Available. Register today

The Leadership Awards Gala 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 looks to the future by providing internships and scholarships for Portuguese-American students.


For further information, please contact:

Elisabete Martins at PALCUS

202.466.4664 or palcus@palcus.org