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 Night of Miracles.

Today, over 200 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 and up

Paul Arechiga Rick and Tena Albrecht
Bank of America Charitable Foundation Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Charles S. Bath Gerry and Carol Bailey
Diego Bianchetti Bradand Alejandra Barkley
Sky Block Sally Barrett
Ronald and Virginia Bowden Michael Berghoff
Jason and Darcy Brooks BOMA Indianapolis
Brian and Bethany Burdick Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Henry and Christine Camferdam Ben and Kelly Braun
Dave Ciechanowicz Joe and Laurie Breen
Andrew and Colleen Cohoat Doug and Connie Brown
Tommy and Katelyn Cohoat Carl Bucherer
Marcus and Bethany Colson Sheri Campbell
Stephanie P. Cromer Jim and Lynda Carlino
Elgin and Sarah Curry Brad and Paige Carson
Doug and Alicia Dale Matt and Jan Cohoat
Mark and Joan DeFabis Julie Comella
Duncan Supply Contract Lumber
Steve and Cathy Edwards J. Michael Cunningham
Kurt Evans Tom and Kristi Curran
First American Title Greg and Cynthia Daniels
Josh and Mindy Fleming Dauby O'Connor & Zaleski, LLC
Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger Tom and Pat deCoster
Fresh Sausage Specialists Deem, LLC
Jeffrey and Elizabeth Garfield Nick and Nicole Dellen
Jane Gosling Brian Denney
Chris Grant Rick and Connie Doss
Thomas and JoDee Grant Gary and Carol Edwards
Greg Hahn Trut Edwards
Michael and Bonny Hannigan Val Edwards
Dan Hatfield Daniel and Linda Esposito
Tom and Michelle Hayes Kimi and Bradley Fellers
Hays & Sons Complete Restoration First Financial Bank
Cindy Hogan Richard and Cathy Hahn
Hank Hornaday Brian and Jill Hall
Mark Hosfeld Hamilton National Title
Christopher Kemp John C. Hart, Jr.
Chris Killebrew Roger and Tonya Harvey
Teri Catterson Kraft Manny and Jessica Herceg
Wade and Candice Lange Scott and Gayla Higginson
Mickey Lentz Indianapolis Automobile Trade Assoc.
Mike and Carla Leppert Indianapolis Colts
Michael and Jenny Ley Wally Justus
Deon Lyday Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Katz, Sapper & Miller
Don Matthews Kelley Automotive Group
Adrian McCord Zak Khan
Richard Michaelis Klipsch Group
Roger and Andrea Mikels J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Glenn and Brenda Miller Scott and Sarah Kuester
Jeffrey Miller and Susie Kim Rick and Terry LaGore
Denny and Donna Oklak Andy Lake
Diane Ott Jim and Jody Lefevere
David and Jennifer Paul John A. Lienhart
Michael and Jody Petrie Mark and Katherine Lux
Dan Power Rick Lux
Rahaminov Diamonds Mike and Annie Martin
Robert and Amy Rhodes Melisa Martinez
Terry and April Richard Bob and Diana Maxam
Dick and Caryl Richwine David and Karen McDowell
Sagamore Ready Mix Gary and Sherry McNutt
Larry Scripp Peter and Jessica Mills
Pat Sheehan David and Andrea Moore
Roger and Janine Sheppard Frank J. Moran
Larry Siegler Dan Moyer
Shaun Souers Anthony and Liza Najem
Jake Taylor Bill and Jenn Nicholls
Esme Tebbe Butch Nuckols
The New You Wayne and Julie Pack
Steve and Brenda Walker Bob and Dawn Passander
Tom and Mary Walsh Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Gary Warfield Prime 47 Carmel, LLC
Gary Weaver Pete and Susan Quinn
Eric Webb John and Karen Rademaker
Allen Weisenburger Ray Skillman Performance Ford Hyundai
Dustin Weisenburger Jim and Rhonda Read
Trace and Breena Yates Bill and Rhonda Redman
Yourline Jewelry Paul and Lisa Rioux
Darell Gene Zink Sanborn Family Foundation
  Doug Schubert
  Shadowood Golf
  Smart Age Solutions, LLC
  Bruce and Terri Stauffer
  Randy Stokely
  Michael and Terry Thayer
  Bob Thompson
  Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
  Mark and Shanna Thompson
  John Jester and Angela Tomlin
  Johnny and Lisa Trepcos
  Rick and Lynn Wajda
  Jim and Rita Zink
  Tom and Carrie Zupancic