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 190 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 Angels - $1,000 Archangels - $2,000
Gary Aletto Rick and Tena Albrecht
Connie Allen Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Matt and Autumn Andress Shelli and Kelly Austin
arcDESIGN Tim Ayler
Richard Arnos Brad Barkley
Larry Barthuly Denny Barrett
Matt Bockhorst BOMA Indianapolis
Darrell Boyd Robert Bowen
Jason and Darcy Brooks Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Brulin & Company Ben and Kelly Braun
Andrew Cohoat Joe and LaurieBreen
Jeff Cohoat Kevin and Tina Brennan
Julie Comella Doug and Constance Brown
Tom Cooler Rob Butler
Andrew and Christina Crask Sheri Campbell
Elgin and Sarah Curry Brad 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
Don and Kathryn Densborn J. Michael Cunningham
Tom and Peggy Dickey Tom and Kristi Curran
Dan and Lynn Dimond Greg Daniels
Jim Dodson Tom and Pat deCoster
John Doyle Donna Dellen
Dennis Dye Nick and Nicole Dellen
Chip Edgington Bill V Drew
Steve and Cathy Edwards Gary and Carol Edwards
Greg and Sue Feary Trut Edwards
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Val Edwards
First American Title Daniel and Linda Esposito
Josh and Mindy Fleming Gary and Cyndy Faust
Fresh Sausage Specialists Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger
Edwin Frieden Adam Gilliatte
David and Trish Gooderum Larry Griggers
Jane Gosling Richard and Cathy Hahn
Thomas and JoDee Grant Brian and Jill Hall
Bryan Grotz Rick Harrison
Greg Hahn John C. Hart, Jr.
Michael and Bonny Hannigan Roger and Tonya Harvey
Dan Hatfield Scott Higginson
Tom and Michelle Hayes Wally Justus
Manny and Jessica Herceg Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Gary and Katherine Hoefle Katz, Sapper & Miller
Dave and Deb Horney Mike Keller
Mark and Judi Hosfeld Juan Hernandez and Kelly Ketring
Bill Hurrle KPMG
Rick and Laura Huser J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Indianapolis Colts Rick and Terry LaGore
Andrew Jarmoszuk John A. Lienhart
Nick Karas Mark and Katherine Lux
Steve Karn Rick Lux
Phil Kenney Ron Marburger
Jeremy Klonowski Mike and Annie Martin
Robert and Liz Koehne Bob and Diana Maxam
Jerry Koors David and Karen McDowell
Teri Catterson Kraft Michael and Heather McGinley
Wade and Candice Lange Tom McGowan
Kimberly Graham Lee Gary and Sherry McNutt
Mickey Lentz Nick Melloh
Mike and Carla Leppert Roger and Andrea Mikels
Dawn Lindquist Glenn and Brenda Miller
Lucas Oil Products Dennis and Patricia Gamble Moore
Deon Lyday Frank J. Moran
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Dan Moyer
Gregory and Courtneigh Marlin Jeremy and Tammy Murchland
Don Matthews Anthony and Liza Najem
Mary McCoy Bill Nicholls
Tom McNulty Denny and Donna Oklak
Monarch Beverage Ryan and Christy Owings
David J. Moore Robert and Dawn Passander
Maria and Brian Murphy David and Jennifer Paul
Antone and Emily Najem Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Mark A. Nance Pete and Susan Quinn
Dale Needleman John and Karen Rademaker
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle Paul and Lisa Rioux
Ann O'Hara Tom and Kassie Ritman
Pacers Sports and Entertainment Cheri Shaffstall
Wayne and Julie Pack Larry Siegler
Michael and Jody Petrie Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Ray's Trash Service G. Donald and Alison Steel
Bill and Rhonda Redman Steve and Betty Sterrett
Chris Reid Randy Stokely
Zach Rennaker Rod and Ann Taylor
Republic National Distributing Company Michael and Terry Thayer
Dick and Caryl Richwine Bob Thompson
Laurie Schultz Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
Brian and Jill Schuman Mark Thompson
Jeff and Heidi Sealey Dustin Weisenburger
Pat Sheehan Jim and Rita Zink
Roger and Janine Sheppard  
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman  
Jason M Smith  
Ryan Smith  
Shaun Souers  
Jake Taylor  
Joe and Judy Thomas  
Corby Thompson  
Ted and Tracy Vatnsdal  
Steve and Brenda Walker  
Tom and Mary Walsh  
Gary Warfield  
Gary Weaver  
Eric Webb  
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar  
Mark and Susan Writt