L-R: Dr. Ronald DePinho, José João Morais, Colonel Ann Assumpico, Frank Baptista,
Helena DaSilva Hughes, Dr. Duarte Silva, Jordan Thomas

22nd Annual Leadership Awards Gala


October 6, 2018

Washington Marriott at Metro Center

Washington, D.C.


With the generous support of 


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Courtesty of Henrique Mano and Luso-Americano
Evaristo Cruz, Sr. Foundation
Honorary Chair
H.E. Domingo Fezas Vital
Ambassador of Portugal
Honorary Chair
Meredith Vieira
Journalist and TV Personality
PALCUS Founding Member
Master of Ceremonies
Pedro Bicudo
Gala Host Committee

Ambassador's Circle ($10,000+)

Florentino Gregório, Anchor Construction Co.

Gabe Patricio, Patricio Enterprises

Congressional Circle ($7,500+)

Luso-American Development Foundation

Leader's Circle ($5,000+)

Fernando G. Rosa, Marc F. Rosa & HEDCO          Cidália Luis-Akbar & Natália Luis, M. Luis Construction Co

John G. Rebelo, Jr.*     Mary Borba Parente*     Joe DaRosa*     José João Morais*   

Marie R. Fraley*    Christopher St. Victor-de Pinho*

*Indicates Benefactor Charter Members

2018 Leadership Awardees
Ronald A. DePinho, M.D.
 Leadership in
Scientific Achievement
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Professor & Past President

Harry Graves Burkhart III Distinguished University Chair
Department of Cancer Biology
Duarte A. Silva, Ed.D.
 Leadership in
Stanford University
Executive Director, California World Language Project
Jordan Thomas
 Young Portuguese-American
"Promessa" Award
Princeton University '18
Rhodes Scholar
Colonel Ann C. Assumpico
 Leadership in 
Public Service

Superintendent, Rhode Island 
State Police
Director, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety
Helena DaSilva Hughes
 Leadership in
Community Service
Executive Director, 
Immigrants' Assistance Center
New Bedford, MA
Rádio Voz do Emigrante
Frank P. Baptista,
 Special 30th Anniversary

Gala Tickets: $250 per person

Includes Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Entertainment


Available Here

Gala Weekend Agenda

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ambassador's Welcome Reception

(Invitation and Members Attending Gala Only)

Residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Domingos Fezas Vital

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Annual PALCUS Members' Meeting (Members Only) 

10:30 a.m., Penn Quarter, 3rd Fl

Lusitanian Forum: Free and Open to the Public

Topic: Formation and Launch of the Portuguese-American Bar Association (PABA)

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Penn Quarter, 3rd Fl

Gala Cocktail Reception (Black Tie): 6:00 p.m.

Gala Dinner and Awards: 7:00 p.m.

Entertainment: 9:00 p.m.

Entertainment Featuring........


Dubbed "Lord of the Voices", world renowned Portuguese singer and master impressionist, Fernando Pereira, will delight the audience with his remarkable capacity to sing and imitate a wide array of international artists, including: Tina Turner, Liza Minelli and Michael Jackson to name a few.


Fernando Pereira has appeared in cities all over Europe and North America including New York, Las Vegas and Atlantic City as well as dozens of television appearances. His popular CD's have gone Gold and Platinum.  

Online Silent Auction is LIVE NOW!  Click HERE to view items.

Our Online Silent Auction will run until Saturday, October 9th @ 9:00 p.m. at the Gala.


  • 5 Night Stay in Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel, Azores

  • 2 Night Stay in Terceira, Azores

  • TAP Business Airfares + Hotel Package

  • Azores Airlines Airfares

  • Davidoff Humidor

  • Margo Petitti Designer Scarf

  • John Medeiros Fashion Jewelry

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Sports Memorabilia

  • Professional Services

  • and much more......




  • Table of 10 complimentary gala tickets

  • Prominent Portuguese-American or PALCUS board member or                                                                                          Master of Ceremonies seated at table (Optional)

  • Recognition by Master of Ceremonies at Gala opening

  • Premiere recognition in Gala program with one page color ad                                                                                                and on Gala webpage with company web link

  • Recognition on PALCUS webpage as significant PALCUS supporter for                                                                                 one year with link to company website


  • 8 complimentary gala tickets

  • Prominent Portuguese-American or PALCUS board member                                                                                                  seated at table (Optional)

  • Recognition by Master of Ceremonies at Gala opening

  • Recognition in Gala program with one page ad

  • Recognition on Gala webpage with company web link


  • 6 complimentary gala tickets

  • Recognition in program book with one full page black & white ad

  • Recognition on Gala webpage with company web link


  • 4 complimentary gala tickets

  • Recognition in Gala program with half page black & white ad

  • Recognition on Gala webpage with company web link


  • Gala dinner, $10,000

  • Welcome Reception (Invitation-only, Friday evening), $2,500

  • Pre-Gala Cocktail Reception, $1,500  Claimed! Rudy's & Vitor's VAS CO Inc

  • Dessert, $1,200

  • Entertainment, $6,500 Claimed! HEDCO, Fernando and Marc Rosa

  • Centerpieces, $1,500 Claimed! Jack and Matilde Nazario of NZI Construction

  • Annual Meeting (Saturday morning), $1,000  Claimed! Evaristo Cruz, Sr. Foundation

  • Gala Awards, $800  Claimed! Provided by Vista Alegre

  • Wine  Claimed! Morais Vineyards and Winery

One sponsor per category. First-come, first-served policy.

Sponsors are recognized in Gala Program with a listing of their specific sponsorship(s) and on our website at http://www.palcus.org/


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

  $1,000 Full page:                 8.5" wide x 11.0” high max w/ full bleed

  $500 Half page:                   6.0” wide x 4.5” high max

  $250 Quarter page:             3.0” wide x 4.5” high max

  $150 Business card:             Regular-business card size

  $50 Business listing:             Include business name, address, & telephone

The Gala Program provides companies, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to place ads to promote themselves, congratulate awardees, and support PALCUS and its mission

The Awards Gala has been covered widely by Luso Americano, Tribuna Portuguesa, KSQQ Radio, SIC, RTPi, Rádio Voz do Emigrante, CCP Mundial, Comunidades USA Magazine, The Portuguese Times, O Jornal, A Diáspora Macaense na América & Brazilian Post.

Hotel Accommodations

Washington Marriott at Metro Center

775 12th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Reserved Block of Rooms:

Friday (10/5) and Saturday (10/6)

Standard Room: $199 per night plus tax and fees 

To make reservations:

1. Reservation Web link: Reservation Web link: https://book.passkey.com/gt/216617975gtid=b8de2f5951b41b41f4608e3180f9ad24 


2. Book by phone: 800-393-2510


3. Reference: “PALCUS Awards Gala ”

NOTE: Cutoff date is  September 14, 2018  for special PALCUS rate

Gala Committee


Katherine Soares


Diniz Borges

Laurinda Clemente

Anabela DaCruz-Melo

Marie Fraley

Manuel Geraldo, Sr.

Manuel Geraldo, II

Lisa de Medeiros Morris

Fernando G. Rosa

Cynthia Russo

Angela Costa Simões

Call Us: 1-202-466-4664 /  email: palcus@palcus.org   /  9255 Center St., Suite 404, Manassas, VA 20110

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