HARTFORD – State Representative Comendadora Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), and Comendador Fernando G. Rosa, Director of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS), cohosted the annual Day of Portugal at the Capitol on Friday, June 7th, 2019.
“Day of Portugal is a wonderful celebration of our history, culture, and heritage,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “There is a proud, deep-rooted Portuguese-American community in Connecticut and this event brings people together from across the state to enjoy live music, art, guest speakers, and more. This year’s reception was very successful, and I thank everyone who participated including our performers, honored guests and staff. I look forward to seeing you all again next year.”
“It is always a pleasure and an honor to celebrate the Day of Portugal,” Comendador Fernando G. Rosa said.
Each year, Rep. Rebimbas hosts this event as a celebration of Portuguese culture and tradition. This year’s celebration featured music by Rancho Folclorico of the Portuguese Club of Hartford, an art exhibit by Jorge Pinho of Hartford, and an award ceremony honoring the following individuals for their contributions to the Portuguese-American Community:
Antonio and Carla Heitor of Danbury
Carlos Mouta of Hartford
Joao and Maria Gaspar of Waterbury
PALCUS is a non-partisan, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. dedicated to addressing domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American community. They conduct research, and provide educational and public affairs activities on these issues. Furthermore, PALCUS plays an active role in government relations with the goal of strengthening ties between Portugal and the United States.
Special recognition also goes to the Day of Portugal Hosting Committee for Greater Hartford, Clube Portuguese de Hartford, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Portuguese Foundation, Holy Ghost Portuguese Society and Casa do Benfica. Susan Lopes and Catarina Pereira will perform the American and Portuguese National Anthems, respectively. Other guests include Fr. Antonio Jorge Tchingui, Administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, and Maria de Fatima Mendes, Consul General of Portugal in New York.