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
Matt and Autumn Andress Rick and Tena Albrecht
Paul Arechiga Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Richard Arnos Gerry and Carol Bailey
Shelli and Kelly Austin Brad Barkley
Tim and Carol Ayler Denny Barrett
Bank of America Charitable Foundation Charles S. Bath
Ronald and Virginia Bowden Michael Berghoff
Robert Bowen BOMA Indianapolis
Kevin and Tina Brennan Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Jason and Darcy Brooks Ben and Kelly Braun
Brian and Bethany Burdick Joe and Laurie Breen
Henry and Christine Camferdam Doug and Connie Brown
Dave Ciechanowicz Kevin Brown
Andrew and Colleen Cohoat Carl Bucherer
Tommy and Katelyn Cohoat Sheri Campbell
Complete Electrical & Communications Jim and Lynda Carlino
Tom Cooler Brad and Paige Carson
Andrew and Christina Crask Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.
Stephanie P. Cromer Joe and Ashleih Cheshire
Maria Crowe Matt and Jan Cohoat
Elgin and Sarah Curry Marcus and Bethany Colson
Doug and Alicia Dale Julie Comella
Mark and Joan DeFabis Ryan Cand Krista Craig
Duncan Supply J. Michael Cunningham
Steve and Cathy Edwards Tom and Kristi Curran
Tom and Jane Elliott Todd Daily
Greg Ericksen Greg Daniels
Kurt Evans Dauby O'Connor & Zaleski, LLC
First American Title Tom and Pat deCoster
Josh and Mindy Fleming Deem, LLC
Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger Nick and Nicole Dellen
Fresh Sausage Specialists Brian Denney
Edwin Frieden Gary and Carol Edwards
Jane Gosling Trut Edwards
Chris Grant Val Edwards
Thomas and JoDee Grant Daniel and Linda Esposito
Larry Griggers Kimi and Bradley Fellers
Julie and Gregory Gurnik First Financial Bank
Greg Hahn Jeffrey and Elizabeth Garfield
Charles Hart Adam Gilliatte
Dan Hatfield Richard and Cathy Hahn
Tom and Michelle Hayes Brian and Jill Hall
Hays & Sons Complete Restoration Hamilton National Title
Cindy Hogan Michael and Bonny Hannigan
Hank Hornaday John and Marianne Hart
Chris and Cindy Horsley Roger and Tonya Harvey
Mark Hosfeld Manny and Jessica Herceg
Bill Hurrle Scott and Gayla Higginson
Rick and Laura Huser Indianapolis Automobile Trade Assoc.
Andrew Jarmoszuk Indianapolis Colts
Nick Karas Wally Justus
Mike Keller Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Ernie Kelly Katz, Sapper & Miller
Christopher Kemp Kelley Automotive Group
Robert and Liz Koehne Zak Khan
Teri Catterson Kraft Klipsch Group
Wade and Candice Lange J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Mickey Lentz Scott and Sarah Kuester
Mike and Carla Leppert Rick and Terry LaGore
Michael and Jenny Ley Andy and Amy Lake
Deon Lyday John A. Lienhart
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Mark and Katherine Lux
Gregory and Courtneigh Marlin Rick and Beth Lux
Don Matthews Mike and Annie Martin
Adrian McCord Melisa Martinez
Mary McCoy Bob and Diana Maxam
Tom McNulty David and Karen McDowell
Nick Melloh Gary and Sherry McNutt
Richard Michaelis David and Andrea Moore
Roger and Andrea Mikels Frank J. Moran
Glenn and Brenda Miller Dan Moyer
Jeffrey Miller and Susie Kim Anthony and Liza Najem
Antone and Emily Najem Bill and Jenn Nicholls
Mark A. Nance Butch Nuckols
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle Denny and Donna Oklak
Pacers Sports and Entertainment Wayne and Julie Pack
David and Jennifer Paul Bob and Dawn Passander
Michael and Jody Petrie Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Joe Polizzi Prime 47 Carmel, LLC
Dan Power Pete and Susan Quinn
Rahaminov Diamonds John and Karen Rademaker
Republic National Distributing Company Ray Skillman Performance Ford Hyundai
Dick and Caryl Richwine Jim and Rhonda Read
Larry Scripp Bill and Rhonda Redman
Pat Sheehan Paul and Lisa Rioux
Roger and Janine Sheppard Sanborn Family Foundation
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman Doug Schubert
Larry Siegler Shadowood Golf
Shaun Souers Smart Age Solutions, LLC
Jake and Ashleigh Taylor Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Esme Tebbe G. Donald and Alison Steel
Steve and Brenda Walker Steve and Betty Sterrett
Gary Warfield Randy Stokely
Gary Weaver Michael and Terry Thayer
Eric Webb Bob Thompson
Allen Weisenburger Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
Dustin Weisenburger Mark Thompson
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar John Jester and Angela Tomlin
Mike Wells Johnny and Lisa Trepcos
Trace and Breena Yates Rick and Lynn Wajda
Yourline Jewelry Tom and Mary Walsh
Darell Gene Zink Jim and Rita Zink
  Tom and Carrie Zupancic
  Brian and Jeannie Zurawski