Godparents are the backbone of our organization. They are the precious volunteers whom have chosen to make a personal commitment to St. Mary’s Child Center. Our Godparents improve the lives of our children by spending time with them in the classrooms, attending events and providing much needed funding.

When St. Mary’s Child Center was initially founded, prominent members of the community stepped forward to assist St. Mary’s Child Center with funding. In order to continue to serve at-risk children in the Indianapolis community, the center needed to involve more of the community. The founding community members understood this and created an organization to facilitate communication and collaboration between existing members. In addition, the organization’s mission was to ensure that the organization’s message and importance reached the ears and eyes of the community. As a result, the Godparent Program was formed to allow others to participate in making a difference in young lives. The program set up fundraising events such as the annual spring soiree, the raffle, the golf outing, and the Miracle Ball.

Today, over 160 Godparents are supporting the children in our scholarship assistance program who quality for free or reduced lunches.

Please review the brochure below to find out how you can join the Godparent Program and support the children of St. Mary’s Child Center.

Godparent Brochure

History of the Godparent Program

Bob Thompson and Bill Carson are two friends in construction who, by chance, were introduced to St. Mary’s because the old Child Center was in disrepair. Bob looked at it and told the Director that the site was beyond repair, but not to worry as he and Bill were dedicated to making sure a new building would be built and donated for the children. It should be noted that Bob had melted at the sight of the 20 children at play.

Eventually 32 local businessmen made the commitment to build the building. They secured the site, designed a 10,000 square foot building and called upon others in the construction industry to join in the cause. Although they had not sought publicity, the press later dubbed them Godfathers. When the building was completed, it was officially donated in 1986 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at which Bob Thompson declared it, “The biggest little building in Indianapolis!” And because the first building quickly filled, Bob Thompson donated a second building with 15,000 square feet in 1998, located at Fort Benjamin Harrison.


Current Godparents

Guardian Angel-1000 Archangel-2000
arcDESIGN Rick and Tena Albrecht
Larry Barthuly Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Matt Bockhorst Shelli and Kelly Austin
Darrell Boyd Tim Ayler
Jason and Darcy Brooks Brad Barkley
Doug and Constance Brown Denny Barrett
Brulin & Company BOMA Indianapolis
Andrew Cohoat Robert Bowen
Jeff Cohoat Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Julie Comella Ben and Kelly Braun
Tom Cooler Joe and Laurie Breen
Andrew and Christina Crask Kevin and Tina Brennan
Tom and Kristi Curran Sheri Campbell
Elgin and Sarah Curry Brad and Paige Carson
Todd Daily Dave Ciechanowicz
Doug and Alicia Dale Matt and Jan Cohoat
Mike Deck Marcus and Bethany Colson
Mark and Joan DeFabis Ryan and Krista Craig
Tom and Peggy Dickey J. Michael Cunningham
Steve and Cathy Edwards Greg Daniels
First American Title Tom and Pat deCoster
Josh and Mindy Fleming Nick and Nicole Dellen
Fresh Sausage Specialists Gary and Carol Edwards
Edwin Frieden Trut Edwards
David and Trish Gooderum Val Edwards
Jane Gosling Daniel and Linda Esposito
Thomas and JoDee Grant Gary and Cyndy Faust
Greg Hahn Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger
Michael and Bonny Hannigan Adam Gilliatte
Roger and Tonya Harvey Larry Griggers
Dan Hatfield Richard and Cathy Hahn
Tom and Michelle Hayes Brian and Jill Hall
Manny and Jessica Herceg Rick Harrison
Bill Hurrle John C. Hart, Jr.
Rick and Laura Huser Scott and Gayla Higginson
Indianapolis Colts Wally Justus
Andrew Jarmoszuk Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Nick Karas Katz, Sapper & Miller
Mike Keller J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Jeremy Klonowski Rick and Terry LaGore
Robert and Liz Koehne John A. Lienhart
Jerry Koors Mark and Katherine Lux
Teri Catterson Kraft Rick Lux
Wade and Candice Lange Ron Marburger
Kimberly Graham Lee Mike and Annie Martin
Mickey Lentz Bob and Diana Maxam
Mike and Carla Leppert David and Karen McDowell
Dawn Lindquist Gary and Sherry McNutt
Lucas Oil Products Roger and Andrea Mikels
Deon Lyday Glenn and Brenda Miller
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Frank J. Moran
Gregory and Courtneigh Marlin Dan Moyer
Melisa Martinez Anthony and Liza Najem
Mary McCoy Bill Nicholls
Tom McNulty Denny and Donna Oklak
Nick Melloh Robert Passander
Monarch Beverage Chuck and Carrie Pennington
David J. Moore Pete and Susan Quinn
Dennis and Patricia Gamble Moore John and Karen Rademaker
Maria and Brian Murphy Jim and Rhonda Read
Antone and Emily Najem Paul and Lisa Rioux
Mark A. Nance Tom and Kassie Ritman
Dale Needleman Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle G. Donald and Alison Steel
Ann O'Hara Steve and Betty Sterrett
Ryan and Christy Owings Randy Stokely
David and Jennifer Paul Rod and Ann Taylor
Michael and Jody Petrie Esme Tebbe
Ray's Trash Service Michael and Terry Thayer
Republic National Distributing Company Bob Thompson
Dick and Caryl Richwine Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
Laurie Schultz Mark Thompson
Brian and Jill Schuman Jim and Rita Zink
Jeff and Heidi Sealey  
Pat Sheehan  
Roger and Janine Sheppard  
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman  
Larry Siegler  
Jason M Smith  
Shaun Souers  
Jake Taylor  
Judy Thomas  
Ted and Tracy Vatnsdal  
Steve and Brenda Walker  
Tom and Mary Walsh  
Gary Warfield  
Eric Webb  
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar