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Society and Friends of Colombia

About SADCO Friends of Colombia

SADCO Friends of Colombia is a not-for-profit 501(C)3. SADCO is governed by a Board of Directors which is composed of diverse community members in Indiana as volunteers for two year terms.


To create a caring community of friends of Colombia in central Indiana focused on both promoting the formal education of young Latino-heritage people primarily through financial assistance and celebrating the Colombian and Latin American cultural traditions via social events welcoming all central Indiana residents.

Board of Directors

Rafael Quintero


Catalina Zaldana


Liliana Guzman


Jaime Torres

Vice President

Ines Paez

Project & Events Coordinator

Julio Lopez

Board Member

Lizeth Quiñones

Board Member

Our Focus

Education Advancement

SADCO established its scholarship program in 1996, our volunteers have raised and awarded more than $400,000 to help deserving Latino students obtain a post-secondary education. In 2015, we made another significant move towards helping students complete a university/college degree through a partnership with the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). Through the annual premier SADCO Scholarship Gala, we raise funds for the scholarship program while highlighting Colombian heritage.

Youth Enrichment

SADCO Friends of Colombia within the last decade has focused on fostering activities for Latino youth enrichment. In the recent years, SADCO has organized an international piano concert that allowed Latino youth Hoosiers to co-collaborate with Colombian youth and perform at a piano concert. Additionally, during the Christmas season we bring kids together to receive a gift and take a picture with Santa to alleviate economic hardships that some families might experience during the holiday season of giving.


In 2021, SADCO established the Latino Heritage Celebration as its signature Hispanic Heritage Month festivity. This annual celebration offers all who attend a chance to engage in diverse and traditional Latino cultural activities, and the opportunity to learn about the many contributions that Latino Hoosiers have made to Central Indiana. SADCO also serves as conveners of various topics and discussions relevant to the Latino community.

health & Food Security

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SADCO made the decision to add health and food security to it's mission. SADCO hosts food-drives and supports health campaigns set out by the Marion County Public Health Department. SADCO is registered as a COVID Community Ambassador through the City of Indianapolis. SADCO also organizes a Health Fair as part of the Latino Heritage Celebration

SADCO Annual Scholarship Gala

SADCO Annual Scholarship Gala

39th Scholarship Gala

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Every year, SADCO presents a Colombian inspired gala to raise scholarship funds for Latino students pursuing a college degree.

SADCO proudly presents the 2023:

Gala Llanera

The Gala Llanera (ya-n-eh-rah) honors the traditions and culture of communities who live in the plains of Colombia near the Venezuelan border.

November 11, 2023 | 6pm to 12am

Hyatt Hotel Indianapolis

Recap of 2022 Scholarship Gala

SADCO Friends of Colombia presented the 2022 SADCO Scholarship Gala: Night of Emeralds. SADCO's 2022 Annual Scholarship Gala raised funds to award three community-oriented and dedicated scholars a scholarship. All funds raised at SADCO's gala are to support the education advancement of Latina/o Hoosiers.

The 2022 Annual SADCO Scholarship Gala was a great success!

See you next year! Congrats to our 2022 scholarship recipients: Bonnie, Elias, and Emiliano.

2022 SADCO Scholarship Recipients

Left to right: Elias with parents, Bonnie with parents, Emiliano with parent.

Emiliano Vizcarra Valdez

Major: Electrical Engineering

Mexican Heritage

Bonnie Marcelo

Major: Visual Communication Design

Mexican Heritage

Elías Martínez

Double Major: Education and Spanish

Honduran Heritage

Applications will open in 2024

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Donations go to directly supporting the day-to-day operations of SADCO and programs offered by SADCO for the Latino community.

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