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.
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
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:
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
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)
Morais Vineyards and Winery
Lunaer Media & Consulting
Alice Pereira, United Reprographic Services
PORCEL facilitated by AICEP
TAP Airlines of Portugal
The Grossman Group, Marc F. Rosa
S & F Concrete, Inc.
People’s United Bank
Alliance Concrete Corp.
Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Carla Marina Jewelry
Courtney W. Howland
Couto & Sons, Inc.
Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD)
Ferreira Management Group
Heavy & General Construction, Laborers Local 472
Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, Rhode Island College
Luso-American Association of New Jersey
New Bedford Whaling Museum
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
Cynthia Marques Russo
Manuel Geraldo II
Staff: Elisabete Martins