25th Anniversary Gala 

Our annual gala took place on a star-studded autumn evening
on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the spectacular 
Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealeton, Virginia.
Many thanks to all who attended and to our generous sponsors
for making it such a special event!
View our 25th Anniversary Program to learn more about the evening's
sponsors, honorees and scholarship recipients.
Honorary Chair
        H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to U.S.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker
Dr. José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities Abroad
Special Guest
Dr. Vasco Rato, President of Luso-American Foundation

2016 Leadership Awardees

David Simas - National Service Leadership
Dr. António Cirurgião - Leadership in Scholarship 

António Amaral - Leadership in Philanthropy
Prof. Diniz Borges - Leadership in Education
Natalie Matinho - Leadership in Community Service

Secretary Nancy Rodrigues - Leadership in Public Service

Florentino Gregório - Founders Award

Manuel R. Geraldo, Esq. - Founders Award

Abel Morais (Posthumous) - Founders Award

2016 National PALCUS Scholarships awarded:

Graduate Division:

Gary John Resendes, University of California-Berkeley, MSW Program in Community Mental Health

Jacqueline Andrea Ochoa Rodrigues, California State University, Long Beach, MA Program in Education

Undergraduate Division:

Celina Caetano, University of Connecticut, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Alyssa Pinho, University of St. Joseph, Nutrition and Dietetics

Patrick Norris, South Oregon University, Theatre Arts

Gala Sponsors:  Thank you for your support!


Luso-American Foundation (FLAD)



Anchor Construction

Morais Vineyards and Winery

Lunaer  Media & Consulting



Alice Pereira, United Reprographic Services


PORCEL facilitated by AICEP

Signature Printing

TAP Airlines of Portugal

The Grossman Group, Marc F. Rosa

Luso-Americano Newspaper

S & F Concrete, Inc.



People’s United Bank




Alliance Concrete Corp.

Azores Airlines/SATA

Brown University

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Carla Marina Jewelry

Columbus Grill

Courtney W. Howland

Couto & Sons, Inc.

DaCruz Manufacturing

Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD)

Ferreira Management Group

Heather Dores

Heavy & General Construction, Laborers Local 472

Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, Rhode Island College

Lorenzo's Restaurant

Luso-American Association of New Jersey

Luso-American Financial

Mundial Agency

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Primabel Restaurant

M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, President of RI Senate

Rádio Voz do Emigrante

Robinson & Geraldo, Attorneys-At-Law

The Castelo Group

Tony Da Caneca Restaurant

Virginia Contractors Supply, Inc.

Zig-Zag Boutique, Inc.

2016 GALA Committee:
Fernando G. Rosa
Marie R. Fraley
Angela Costa Simoes
Manuel Geraldo
John Bento
Odete Amarelo
Onesimo Almeida
Cynthia Marques Russo
Manuel Geraldo II
Katherine Soares
Staff: Elisabete Martins


L to R: José João Morais, PALCUS Chairman Fernando Rosa, Secretary José Luis Carneiro, Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital,
National Service Leadership Awardee David Simas
(Henrique Mano Photo)