World's Largest Portuguese Feast - New Bedford Ma
Club Madeirense Treasurer, Rich Wilkinson; 2017 Feast Vice-President, John Alves; 2017 Feast President, Steve Duarte; President of Madeira, Dr. Miguel Albuquerque, Club President, David Lucio; Club First Vice-President and 2016 Feast President, Paul Leconte
New Bedford's Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento recently honored the President of Madeira and his entourage with a reception and dinner at the Club Sports Madeirense. The touring delegation made a special stop in New Bedford during their multi-city tour to promote tourism and cultural exchanges between the island of Madeira and one of the largest Madeiran communities in the U.S.
Madeiran President, Dr. Miguel Albuquerque, led the delegation and recognized the club as the sponsors of the annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. He stated, "No visit to the American shores would be complete without a visit to the home of an event that has come to be recognized as the center of the Madeiran community in the Americas." He thanked the assembled members of the club's Board of Directors at a private reception held in the Museum of Madeiran Heritage and at the dinner, Club President. David Lucio led a special toast of sweet Madeira wine to recognize the close bonds between the Regional Government of Madeira and the Club Madeirense.