Annual Awards Gala

The MAPS Annual Awards Gala

Since 1994, MAPS has been privileged each year to honor a select group of individuals who have made major contributions to the Portuguese-speaking communities of Massachusetts. The awards are presented at the MAPS Annual Awards Gala, held every spring somewhere in the MAPS service area. The Awards Gala is MAPS’ largest annual fundraising event, supporting all of our programs and services. It also gives us a chance to honor and thank those people who help make our work possible and who provide role models for our community members to follow.

There are now five award categories:

MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service Award  The MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service Award is presented annually to someone who has demonstrated by his or her actions a strong commitment to the social, educational, cultural and political welfare of the various Portuguese-speaking communities in the Greater Boston area. By honoring these individuals, we hope to inspire others towards more active participation in the life of our communities. In 2001, the year of his untimely death, MAPS Board of Directors voted to name the annual Community Service Awards in honor of Jorge Fidalgo, a distinguished member of Boston’s Cape Verdean community. See list of previous MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service Award recipients

MAPS Mary & Manuel Rogers Lifetime Community Service Award   The Mary & Manuel Rogers Lifetime Community Service Award is presented to the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of lifetime service to the Portuguese-speaking communities that Mary & Manuel Rogers demonstrated throughout their lives. The late Mr. Rogers was a longtime Cambridge resident, owner of the Rogers Funeral Home and a steadfast community benefactor. His wife, Mary, son Manuel Rogers Jr. and their family have continued that tradition throughout their lives as well. See list of previous MAPS Mary & Manuel Rogers Lifetime Community Service Award recipients

MAPS Manuel N. Coutinho Outstanding Volunteer Award   The Manuel N. Coutinho Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented annually to individuals who follow the outstanding example of the late Manuel N. Coutinho, Volunteer Citizenship Teacher, in unselfishly volunteering time and energy on behalf of the Portuguese-speaking communities of eastern Massachusetts. Mr. Coutinho helped prepare Portuguese speakers and other immigrants for American citizenship at MAPS from 1969 until 2002, as well as volunteering for many other community groups. He visited MAPS nearly every Wednesday to teach until just a few weeks before passing away in August 2002. “Mr. C.,” as we all called him, will be sorely missed. See list of previous MAPS Manuel N. Coutinho Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients

MAPS Álvaro Lima Outstanding Business Award  At its 2011 Annual Awards Gala, MAPS launched a brand new award category – the MAPS Álvaro Lima Outstanding Business Award. The award honors businesses that, through their own regular activities or by supporting others’ initiatives, have made the lives of the Portuguese-speaking communities easier. The newly created award was named after Álvaro Lima, the Director of Research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, who was chosen for his longstanding commitment to help small businesses thrive in the greater Boston area. Just recently, he was a major force behind the recent I ExpoBusiness, a two-day Boston event where many Brazilian companies could offer their products and services to the broader public in a coordinated expositional setting. A former MAPS Board member, he has also gathered and contributed to important research on business and economics in the Brazilian immigrant community, and has worked with MAPS and other community leaders in the past to promote the idea of a Chamber of Commerce for Brazilian-American businesses. See list of previous MAPS Álvaro Lima Outstanding Business Award recipients

MAPS Person of the Year Award  The MAPS Person of the Year Award has always recognized individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping MAPS and the communities we serve. It is the highest honor bestowed by the agency each year. See list of previous MAPS Person of the Year Award recipients

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