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-1000 Archangel-2000
Gary Aletto Rick and Tena Albrecht
Connie Allen Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Matt and Autumn Andress Shelli and Kelly Austin
arcDESIGN Brad Barkley
Richard Arnos Denny Barrett
Matt Bockhorst BOMA Indianapolis
Darrell Boyd Robert Bowen
Jason and Darcy Brooks Dean Brackenridge
Brulin & Company Ben and Kelly Braun
Andrew Cohoat Joe and Laurie Breen
Jeff Cohoat Kevin and Tina Brennan
Julie Comella Doug and Connie 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 Daniel and Linda Esposito
First American Title Gary and Cyndy Faust
Josh and Mindy Fleming Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger
Fresh Sausage Specialists Adam Gilliatte
Edwin Frieden Larry Griggers
David and Trish Gooderum Richard and Cathy Hahn
Jane Gosling Brian and Jill Hall
Thomas and JoDee Grant Rick Harrison
Bryan Grotz John C. Hart, Jr.
Greg Hahn Roger and Tonya Harvey
Michael and Bonny Hannigan Scott Higginson
Dan Hatfield 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
Andrew Jarmoszuk Rick LaGore
Nick Karas John A. Lienhart
Steve Karn Mark and Katherine Lux
Phil Kenney Rick Lux
Jeremy Klonowski Ron Marburger
Robert and Liz Koehne Mike and Annie Martin
Jerry Koors Bob and Diana Maxam
Teri Catterson Kraft David and Karen McDowell
Wade and Candice Lange Michael and Heather McGinley
Kimberly Graham Lee Tom McGowan
Mickey Lentz Gary and Sherry McNutt
Mike and Carla Leppert Nick Melloh
Dawn Lindquist Roger and Andrea Mikels
Lucas Oil Products Glenn and Brenda Miller
Deon Lyday Dennis and Patricia Gamble Moore
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Frank J. Moran
Don Matthews Dan Moyer
Mary McCoy Jeremy and Tammy Murchland
Tom McNulty Anthony and Liza Najem
Monarch Beverage Bill Nicholls
David J. Moore Denny and Donna Oklak
Maria and Brian Murphy Ryan and Christy Owings
Antone and Emily Najem Robert Passander
Mark A. Nance David and Jennifer Paul
Dale Needleman Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle Pete and Susan Quinn
Ann O'Hara John and Karen Rademaker
Pacers Sports and Entertainment Paul and Lisa Rioux
Wayne and Julie Pack Tom and Kassie Ritman
Bill and Rhonda Redman Cheri Shaffstall
Chris Reid Larry Siegler
Zach Rennaker Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Republic National Distributing Company G. Donald and Alison Steel
Dick and Caryl Richwine Steve and Betty Sterrett
Laurie Schultz Randy Stokely
Brian and Jill Schuman Rod and Ann Taylor
Jeff and Heidi Sealey Michael and Terry Thayer
Pat Sheehan Bob Thompson
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
Ryan Smith Mark Thompson
Shaun Souers Dustin Weisenburger
Jake Taylor Jim Zink Sr.
Judy Thomas  
Corby Thompson  
Ted and Tracy Vatnsdal  
Tom and Mary Walsh  
Gary Warfield  
Gary Weaver  
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar  
Mark and Susan Writt  
Brulin & Company