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 180 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-$1,000 Archangel-$2,000
arcDESIGN Rick and Tena Albrecht
Rick and Laura Huser Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Gary Aletto Shelli and Kelly Austin
Connie Allen Brad Barkley
Dave Andress Denny Barrett
Matt and Autumn Andress Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Richard Arnos Ben and Kelly Braun
Steve Berg Joe and Laurie Breen
Brulin & Company Kevin and Tina Brennan
Andrew Cohoat Doug and Constance Brown
Julie Comella Rob Butler
Andrew and Christina Crask Tom and Sheila Callaghan
Elgin and Sarah Curry Sheri Campbell
Doug and Alicia Dale Brad and Paige Carson
Fred Day Dave Ciechanowicz
Mike Deck Matt and Jan Cohoat
Mark and Joan DeFabis Marcus and Bethany Colson
Don and Kathryn Densborn Ryan and Krista Craig
Tom and Peggy Dickey J. Michael Cunningham
Dan and Lynn Dimond Tom and Kristi Curran
Jim Dodson Greg Daniels
John Doyle Tom and Pat deCoster
Dennis Dye Donna Dellen
Chip Edgington Nick and Nicole Dellen
Steve and Cathy Edwards Bill V Drew
Greg and Sue Feary Gary and Carol Edwards
Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Trut Edwards
First American Title Daniel and Linda Esposito
Josh and Mindy Fleming Gary and Cyndy Faust
Fresh Sausage Specialists Steven Ferrara
Edwin Frieden Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger
David and Trish Gooderum Adam Gilliatte
Jane Gosling Tom Gonzalez
Thomas and JoDee Grant Larry Griggers
Bryan Grotz Richard and Cathy Hahn
Greg Hahn Brian and Jill Hall
Michael and Bonny Hannigan Rick Harrison
Dan Hatfield John C. Hart, Jr.
Manny and Jessica Herceg Roger and Tonya Harvey
Gary and Katherine Hoefle Scott and Gayla Higginson
Mark Hosfeld Wally Justus
Bill Hurrle Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Todd and Jill Jackson Katz, Sapper & Miller
Andrew Jarmoszuk Juan Hernandez and Kelly Ketring
Nick Karas KPMG
Steve Karn J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Mike Keller La Brea Bakery
Phil Kenney Rick and Terry LaGore
Jeremy Klonowski John A. Lienhart
Robert and Liz Koehne Mark and Katherine Lux
Jerry Koors Rick Lux
Teri Catterson Kraft Mainscape, Inc.
Wade and Candice Lange Jeffrey G Mann
Kimberly Graham Lee Ron Marburger
Mickey Lentz Mike and Annie Martin
Mike and Carla Leppert Bob and Diana Maxam
Dawn Lindquist David and Karen McDowell
Lucas Oil Products Michael and Heather McGinley
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Tom McGowan
Maria and Brian Murphy Gary and Sherry McNutt
Don Matthews Nick Melloh
Mary McCoy Roger and Andrea Mikels
Tom McNulty Glenn and Brenda Miller
David J. Moore Monarch Beverage
Antone and Emily Najem Dennis and Patricia Gamble Moore
Mark A. Nance Frank J. Moran
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle Dan Moyer
Ann O'Hara Jeremy and Tammy Murchland
Pacers Sports and Entertainment Anthony and Liza Najem
Wayne and Julie Pack Bill Nicholls
Bill and Rhonda Redman Denny and Donna Oklak
Chris Reid Ryan and Christy Owings
Zach Rennaker Robert Passander
Dick and Caryl Richwine David and Jennifer Paul
Rick and Katie Hammer Jake Poteet
Michael Ringo Pete and Susan Quinn
Molly Rollings John and Karen Rademaker
Kevin and Gail Schaefer Paul and Lisa Rioux
Laurie Schultz Tom and Kassie Ritman
Jeff and Heidi Sealey Cheri Shaffstall
BJ Sexton Larry Siegler
Pat Sheehan Smithfield Farmland
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Ryan Smith G. Donald and Alison Steel
Shaun Souers Steve and Betty Sterrett
Southern Wine and Spirits of Indiana Randy Stokely
Judy Thomas Rod and Ann Taylor
Corby Thompson Michael and Terry Thayer
Ted and Tracy Vatnsdal Bob Thompson
Tom and Mary Walsh Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
Gary Warfield Mark Thompson
Gary Weaver Tyson Foods Inc.
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar Dustin Weisenburger
Mark and Susan Writt Jim and Rita Zink