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Presidents Message

Dear Members,

Every year the PHC organizes this event to recognize certain individuals and businesses in our community for their extraordinary volunteering commitment, dedication, leadership, inspiration and overall betterment of our San Diego community especially our Portuguese Community.

This year we were humbly honored to not only recognize the recipients of these very prestigious awards but to have with us some very special guests to share this memorable event.  Joining us was the Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad, Dr. José Luis Carneiro, who has been extremely supportive of the PHC’s efforts to continue preserving out Portuguese culture and history in San Diego and Dr. Nuno Mathias, Consulate General of Portugal, who always works tirelessly to tend to the needs of our Portuguese community.  We thank them for their time and support. It is with great pleasure, pride and gratitude that the PHC is recognized three individuals and one organization for all their hard work, commitment, dedication and inspiration.

Inspirational Youth Award – Daniel Adam SilvaDaniel is inspirational to the youth of our community.  He volunteers tirelessly and is always ready for action.  He was President of the UPSES Youth Group.  He has been a Portuguese-American Dancer and served as its President for many years. He has served as Treasurer and President of the PHC.  He has chaired the Romarias, the Festa BBQ, the Fish Fry and many other fundraisers.  He is currently the UPSES President and one of the youngest to hold the position.  We are confident that our rich traditions will continue to thrive for many generations to come because of the dedication and commitment of youth leaders like Daniel.

Humanitarian of the Year – Tommy MadrugaTommy has been a dedicated and loyal member to our community for many years.   He has been a Director with UPSES and its Bar Manager for many years.  Tommy is always ready to lend a helping hand whether its setting up a booth, helping in the kitchen, or making sure the bar is always well stocked.  The definition of a “humanitarian” is someone who is “involved in or connected with improving people’s lives.”  This definition is synonymous to Tommy’s life as a volunteer.  He is a true Humanitarian at heart and we are very blessed to have Tommy in our community.

Business Leader of the Year – Point Loma Association (PLA)The PLA is being recognized for their tremendous contributions to our community.  They beautify our community, make great improvements in our neighborhood, and strive to improve the quality of Point Loma through education, charitable activities and civic collaboration.  The PLA has a tremendous network of very dedicated volunteers which make it all possible.  The PLA raises funds and develops major landscape projects for  Point Loma community and  is largely responsible for the removal of graffiti, billboards and power lines.    We applaud and thank the PLA for making a difference.

Lifetime Award – Therese GarcesTherese is being awarded the Lifetime Award because she has dedicated a lifetime of service and support to our Portuguese community.  She truly holds the PCH’s mission statement to heart and applies the same tireless volunteering commitment, dedication, leadership, and hard work to any and all of the organizations she is a part of, be it the PHC, the Portuguese-American Dancers, the UPSES the Romarias or St. Agnes Church.  Therese gives of herself through the sacrifice of her time, her talents, her experience and her resources.

Our community is truly blessed and enriched to have dedicated individuals like all who are being recognized tonight.  We thank you for your many years of great service and congratulate you.  We also thank everyone for joining us here tonight.  We hope you enjoy the evening and are inspired by the individuals and organization being recognized tonight.

Zeca Rodrigues, President                                                                                                       Portuguese Historical Center