In the fall of 2006, seven concerned community members came together, ready to work hard, ready to make a commitment to our youth, to our seniors and to preserve our culture for our children. We dreamed about returning to our community and what has been forgotten, what has been lost, while that giant remained sleeping. We talked about fostering cultural awareness through programs for us, by us, and about us. We talked about The Sociedad Cultural Y Civica la Reforma. We are a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. We provide Cultural resource society throughout Northwest Indiana. We are Committed to youth and seniors. We Develop strong working relationships through unity and service. We Preserve the Mexican culture. We Contribute to a peaceful and united community.

Join us and become a member today.
Help keep the Latino Culture alive.

Debbie is owner and manager of Galaxy Travel, Inc. in East Chicago, Indiana, director of the Ballet Folklorico Las Villistas and Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza. She is on the Board of directors of the Northwest Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hispanic Women's Forum of NWI. She studied/danced professionally under the direction of Amalia Hernandez (Director and Founder) of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Learn more about Debra at or email her at

Sal is the youngest member of the organization but has quite the background to support his title. He is owner and operator of Sal Bolaños Design, Binge Magazine, and is a full time Senior Designer & Art Director at a leading interactive agency in Los Angeles & Chicago. Sal donates his efforts to designing all of S.C.C.L.R.'s marketing and advertising material and has made an immediate impact so far in his short tenure as V.P Visit his website at or email him at

Dayanara O. Villarreal (Day) is a life-long resident of Hammond, Indiana. Dayanara has worked office administration for over 10 years and is also a muralist/artist and community activist. She graduated from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. Day donates her artistic ability to promote cultural awareness and volunteers her time for many organizations that promote growth in the communities. She is also a proud mother of two.

Veronica Avila has been in Banking for 8 years. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She has been married for 10 years and has one son. She joined Citizens Financial Bank in 2008 as the Banking Center Manager. Currently she Manages both Banking Centers in East Chicago. She is very proud of being Hispanic and looks forward to continue to partner with organizations that conserve and promote our heritage.


EAST CHICAGO IN | March 09 2014

Every March we host a Mexican style breakfast fundraiser. The purpose is to bring the community together and provide a rich Mexican breakfast dish to anyone who is thinking Mexican in the morning. Come enjoy some eggs with Chorizo, Chilaquiles, Refried beans, hot coffee, and some delicious homemade Mexican bread.

Breakfast will take place at:
Heritage Hall
East Chicago, IN. 46312
9A - 12P
Donation: $5.00


2013| This year's Annual Golf Outing "Swinging for Scholar's" will be hosted at Wicker Park in Highland, Indiana. The event was formed to provide scholarships for local latino high school students looking to further their education in college. "For our 5th year of hosting the Golf Outing, we have grown tremendously throughout Northwest Indiana. Many are beginning to become active in the group but more help is always a plus especially since we are a rather new organization." Sponsorships are available at each hole and can be purchased now.

Tee Time: 10am Great Prizes, 2 Hour Open Bar, Dinner and more

DATE 9. 6. 13.



2013 | The Night of Latin Culture has transformed into one of Northwest Indiana's most anticipated cultural shows of this region. "The organization decided to bring together many other Latin American cultures to Northwest Indiana and to introduce their music, art, history and folklore to the region." The best part of this night is that the show is free to the public. With an art show before the actual event and other small attractions, local artist come together under one roof to display their work for those in attendance. Numerous of talented groups and artist travel from across the Midwest and even the nation to perform in front of a crowd that never gets an opportunity to witness such a high level performance. To take place at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana starting with an Art Gallery from 4:30p-7p. 7pm is showtime!

DATE 10. 05. 13.


• Art Gallery (5p-7p)

• Main Show (7p)

• Tamale Dinner Sale: $5



2013| El Dia de Los Muertos Walk/Run Race & Cultural awareness event for kids (FREE). The day will consist of walking and running to encourage a healthy life style and at the same time educating them about their culture. T-shirts, award certificates for winners in different categories, and a hands on cultural art project with a theme of the Celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with refreshments and door prizes.

Lake County Visitor's Convention Bureau Art & Culture fair January 25, 2014 11a-3pm

Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corinne Dr.
Hammond, Indiana 46323
DATE 11. 2. 13.


HAMMOND IN | October 2011 One of the most important lessons we are taught throughout life is to be proud of, and appreciate who we are and where we come from... Read more

HIGHLAND IN | 9.9.2011 A rainy day at Wicker Park did not stop the S.C.C.L.R. 3rd Annual Golf Outing, in fact most of the golfers enjoyed the challenge and played through the entire wet playing surface. This year the organization made close to $5,000 in which was collected and distributed in scholarship funding for Local Latino High School Students. With over 45 golfers participating and about 20 sponsors, the S.C.C.L.R. were able to pull off another successful golf outing.

EAST CHICAGO, IN | 3.6.2011 Members of S.C.C.L.R. were up and running early Sunday morning, March 6, 2011 making there Chorizo and eggs, along with coffee, beans, and bread for their annual Mexican Breakfast Fund raiser. Approximately over 200 people attended and all left with a smiles and some doggy bags. Donations came through from many, as well as sponsors who donated eggs, tortillas, bread, and other products to make the event possible. S.C.C.L.R. would like to thank all who attended and for all the support that was shown on March 6th. S.C.C.L.R.'s next event will be there Golf Outing in September.

HAMMOND | October 2010 As expected, S.C.C.L.R. pulled another A+ for many critics in attendance at the 4th Annual Night of Latin Culture event. The line-up consist of six different performers representing their own culture. Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, and Ecuador all participated in the festivities. S.C.C.L.R. did not disappoint as usual, and packed the auditorium at Bishop Noll Institute surpassing their last year's outcome at 350 spectators. Prior to the Night of Latin Culture, S.C.C.L.R. held their 2nd Annual "Swinging for Scholars" Golf Outing at Wicker Park, in which they raised up to 5,000 dollars for give away in scholarship money for local latino high school seniors.

Crystal Perez - EC Central 1000.00
Devin Rosado - EC Central 1000.00
Gabriel Zavala - Clark High Hammond-500.00
Jessica Villarruel - EC Central 500.00
Jessica Perez - EC Central 500.00
Jacqueline Garcia - EC Central 500.00

EAST CHICAGO | September 2010 A local group devoted to promoting the culture of Mexico donated a bust Thursday to the East Chicago Public Library that depicts the Catholic priest who is credited with igniting Mexico's drive for independence from Spain... Read more

HIGHLAND | September 10, 2010 S.C.C.L.R. held their 2nd Annual "Swinging for Scholars" Golf Outing at Wicker Park. This year the organization made up to $5,000 in which would be distributed for Latino Students who applied for scholarships under the S.C.C.L.R.'s name this past winter and spring. With over 33 golfers participating and about 20 sponsors with the Foundations of East Chicago being the biggest sponsor, the S.C.C.L.R. were able to pull off another successful outcome.

HAMMOND IN | October 2009 Sociedad Cultural Civica La Reforma has brought back the importance in knowing your heritage here in Northwest Indiana. In their 3rd year of sponsoring “The Night of Latin Culture”... Read more



We love our sponsors and always encourage new comers to join. If you’d like to learn how you can partner with SCCLR call or email us:

711 West Chicago Ave
East Chicago, IN. 46312
P. 219. 805. 4626
F. 219. 378. 9157

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