Portuguese Heritage Society

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The Portuguese Heritage Society, also known as Lusitano, is a national not-for-profit organization based in Mineola, New York, founded in 1995. Its members and volunteers support, spread, and enrich Portuguese culture for those living in the United States. P.H.S. Lusitano is primarily active in Long Island, Newark, and other Portuguese-populated locales in the Tri-State area.


For centuries the Portuguese people have been emigrating to various parts of the world, forming communities, and organizing social groups. P.H.S. Lusitano has three primary objectives:

  1. provide a place where any Portuguese or Portuguese-descendant can socialize and interact with each other to preserve and spread their culture
  2. expand Portuguese culture within the membership ranks and the community by bringing comedians, singers, performers, and politicians from Portugal to perform or speak in the United States
  3. support Portuguese communities, donating resources to local Portuguese charities as well as those serving Portuguese communities abroad

A recent trend is the growing number of Portuguese emigrants and their descendants uniting and collaborating via online social networking services.

Charitable work[edit]

The P.H.S. Lusitano organizes fundraisers to donate annually to the local police and fire departments, volunteer ambulance corps, and various other community programs. The group has also donated to causes in Barcelos, Chaves, Paredes de Coura, Vila Verde, and Timor. The P.H.S. Lusitano also raises funds for local Portuguese people with critical needs.

Other activities[edit]

Sports honors[edit]

League Year Trophy
ENYSSA 2009 Manning Cup Runner's Up
LISFL 2009 Cangero Cup Finalists
LISFL 2008/2009 Long Island Division 1 Champions
LISFL 2008/2009 Long Island Eastern Division Champions
LISFL 1998/1999 Division 3 Edwards Cup Champions
LISFL 1984/1985 Division 2 Themann's Cup Champions
LISFL 1983/1984 Division 2 Themann's Cup Runner's-Up

Political speakers[edit]

Name Office Reason for Visit
Carolyn McCarthy United States Congresswoman Meeting with Members
Andrew Cuomo New York State Attorney General Press Conference
Craig Johnson New York State Senator Press Conference
Liz Kreuger New York State Senator Press Conference
Michelle Schimel New York State Assemblywoman Meeting with Members
Jack Martins Village of Mineola Mayor Meeting with Members
Fernando Ribeiro dos Reis Vila de Barcelos (Portugal) Mayor Fundraiser

Invited performers[edit]

Name Profession
Jose Malhoa Singer
Ana Malhoa Singer
Ruth Marlene Singer
Fernando Rocha Comedian
Carmen Duval Fadista
Monica Sintra Singer

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