WASHINGTON, September 9, 2019 (Newswire.com) - The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) announces that the full program of events is now available for the 23rd Annual PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala. This year’s festivities will take place in and around Sacramento, California.
The 2019 PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, October 12, at the Elks Tower Casino and Events Center and will honor 14 awardees, including businesses, organizations and international celebrities. The weekend festivities include a welcome reception and special movie preview on Friday, October 11, and a wine tour on Sunday, October 13.
“PALCUS is excited to bring the Leadership Awards Gala back to the West Coast this year. It’s been six years since we’ve been able to celebrate with the Portuguese-American community in California, and we are excited to do so with such a packed scheduled of events,” said PALCUS Chair, Angela Costa Simoes. “This year’s 14 awardees are a testament to the success of the national Portuguese-American Community. We hope you can all join us in Sacramento.”
The 2019 PALCUS Leadership Award recipients are:
Joaquim de Almeida - International Award
Janet Morais - Leadership in Entrepreneurship
Paulo Martins, MD, Ph.D. - Leadership in Scientific Achievement
John Martins, Honorary Consul (posthumous) - Lifetime Achievement
Jose Ivo, Honorary Consul - Leadership in Community Service
Fernando & Michael Benevides - Leadership in Business
Jerald Silva - Leadership in Artistic Achievement
Zachery Ramos - Young Portuguese-American "Promessa"
Lenny Mendonca - Leadership in Public Service
Lucia Noia - Leadership in Philanthropy
Isabel Cabral-Johnson - Leadership in Education
Mary Borba Parente - PALCUS Founder Award
Luis Pires - Lifetime Achievement
PFSA - Outstanding Organization
The 2019 Gala Committee is headed by PALCUS Chair Angela Costa Simoes and PALCUS Director Diniz Borges. Honorary Chairs of the 2019 Gala will be Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (California State Assembly– 4th District) and Henry Stern (California State Senate – 27th District). Portuguese-American Andria Borba, from KPIX in San Francisco, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. There is a Silent Auction currently live and accepting bids at: https://www.32auctions.com/PALCUS.
The PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala Weekend will include the following events:
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
PALCUS Gala Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m., Citizen's Hotel
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Annual PALCUS Members' Meeting (Members Only) 10:30 a.m., Citizen's Hotel
Topic: Encouraging Civic Participation and Public Service in the Portuguese Community, Census 2020 and Make Portuguese CountTM
Hosted by CPAC – California Portuguese American Coalition
Lunch 12:30 p.m. Forum 2:00 p.m. Citizen's Hotel
23rd Annual PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards: 7:00 p.m.
Elks Tower Casino and Event Center
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
Portuguese Wine Tour & Lunch
Depart Citizen's Hotel at 9:30 a.m.
Returns at 4:00 p.m.
Registration for the various weekend events, as well as ticket purchases and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at: https://www.palcus.org/gala2019
Learn more about PALCUS at https://www.palcus.org/