Portuguese American Women's Association
35 Highland Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
origin with the goal of promoting their individual and cultural values, and contributing to the preservation and promotion of the Portuguese language, culture, and heritage in America's multi-cultural society.
The Portuguese American Women's Association
is a non profit organization.
Over the years we have been involved in so many great projects. In my 1st year as President of PAWA in 1993 we hosted the First Lady of Portugal , Maria Barroso ,with events at Brown University in Providence, the Lusitania Club in Cumberland and Leslie University in Cambridge. It took an incredible amount of time and energy but it gave our Communities the opportunity to meet a woman who had worked hard to overthrow the vestiges of the Salazar dictatorship. In case we might have gotten lazy, in 1994, the First Lady came again and was hosted at Bristol Community College and Leslie University. We forged a bond and became a nationally recognized organization. So in 1995 we were invited by the First Lady to visit Lisbon and we were hosted for an elegant lunch at the Presidential Palace, a formal dinner party hosted by the Mayor of Lisbon (Jorge Sampaio) who subsequently became President of Portugal! President Sampaio remembered his dinner with all the Ladies very fondly and so did his wife and when a group of us formed the Portuguese American Scholarship Fund, and were having the 1st fundraising dinner, Mrs. Sampaio came from Portugal to be our Guest on Honor.
To create among women of Portuguese origin a strong bond of solidarity and recognition of the importance of their roles in society as mothers, educators, business and professional women, artists, writers, and workers in general. As family archivists & cultural preservationists, PAWA members have a unique challenge to continue valuable traditions of their heritage while participating in the American community. PAWA strives to bring together people of Portuguese
We have also, had dinners and events at the Biltmore Omni Plaza Hotel in Providence honoring and celebrating many other women of Portuguese descent including but not limited to: Nellie Furtada (international music artist), Meredith Vieira( nationally recognized broadcaster), Dina Vega (the former First Lady of New Jersey) , Teresa Heinz Kerry (a philanthorpist) and whose husband ran on the Democratic ticket for President in 2004), and Luisa Cesar the former First Lady of the Azores. Mrs. Cesar hosted a group of 20 PAWA members in 2001 at the Presidential Palace and we held a 3 day conference at the University of the Azores in Sao Miguel.
And we can not forget our wine and cheese fundraisers in Downtown Providence where one year we raised funds for the Samaritans of Fall River and another year we donated funds to the Diabetes Association of Fall River. We held an elegant Fado Night on the Providence Waterfront that raised $5,000 for Breast Cancer and the donation was made to Women and Infants Hospital. During this past year we had a scrapbooking event in Swansea and raised nearly $1,000 for local food pantries and we also enjoyed and an elegant waterfront brunch in Newport. Let 2013 the year you become involved!