I am very humbled to have been urged and prodded to continue on the Board of Directors of United Portuguese S.E.S., Inc. and be re-elected as the President of UPSES, Inc. Many exciting things are on the horizon for the 2015 year regarding the future of the Hall and continued success of the Festa do Espírito Santo. The last several months since our last Festa illustrate the extent of involvement of our Portuguese community in our events and fundraisers that go to support our Festa which ultimately provides what is needed to sustain the center of our community, the UPSES Hall.
Starting with the Splendor in the Grass golf tournament and dinner in early October 2014 and continuing with the Draw-Down the next month, the New Year’s Party and the Crab Feast in January, they have all been well attended and have exceeded all expectations in attendance and enthusiasm. As I am writing this, final preparations are being put in place for the ever popular 30th Annual BBQ fundraiser that will surely be well attended also and possibly break all records. Following will be our 105th Festa do Espírito Santo starting with Rosary Week beginning on Sunday, May 17, with our three-day Festa starting May 22 and culminating on Sunday May 24th. Please go to the UPSES website http://www.upsesfesta.com/2015-festa for details of upcoming events as we approach Festa. In particular we will have details for the entire Rosary Week preceding Festa. Of course, Trinity Sunday occurs immediately following Festa.
This year there will be a larger celebration of Dia de Portugal. Although it actually falls on June 10th every year, we will be celebrating it on Saturday, June 13th, in conjunction with the Portuguese Historical Center. Check the UPSES website for updates and more information.
Melhores cumprimentos a todos.
Carl Silva, President