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 165 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
Acorn Distributors Rick and Tena Albrecht
Matt and Autumn Andress Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Paul Arechiga Brad Barkley
Richard Arnos Denny Barrett
Shelli and Kelly Austin Charles S. Bath
Tim Ayler BOMA Indianapolis
Ronald and Virginia Bowden Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Robert Bowen Ben and Kelly Braun
Kevin and Tina Brennan Joe and Laurie Breen
Brian and Bethany Burdick Doug and Connie Brown
Andrew Cohoat Kevin Brown
Complete Electrical & Communications Brad and Paige Carson
Tom Cooler Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.
Andrew and Christina Crask Joe and Ashleih Cheshire
Stephanie P. Cromer Dave Ciechanowicz
Elgin and Sarah Curry Matt and Jan Cohoat
Doug and Alicia Dale Marcus and Bethany Colson
Mark and Joan DeFabis Julie Comella
Duncan Supply Ryan and Krista Craig
Chip and Pamela Edgington J. Michael Cunningham
Steve and Cathy Edwards Tom and Kristi Curran
Tom and Jane Elliott Todd Daily
Greg Ericksen Greg and Cynthia Daniels
First American Title Tom and Pat deCoster
Josh and MindyFleming Nick and Nicole Dellen
Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger Brian Denney
Fresh Sausage Specialists Gary and Carol Edwards
Edwin Frieden Trut Edwards
Jane Gosling Val Edwards
Thomas and JoDee Grant Daniel and Linda Esposito
Julie and Gregory Gurnik Gary and Cyndy Faust
Greg Hahn Jeffrey and Elizabeth Garfield
Charles Hart Adam Gilliatte
Dan Hatfield Larry Griggers
Tom and Michelle Hayes Richard and Cathy Hahn
Hays & Sons Complete Restoration Brian and Jill Hall
Chris and Cindy Horsley Michael and Bonny Hannigan
Mark Hosfeld John C. Hart, Jr.
Bill Hurrle Roger and Tonya Harvey
Rick and Laura Huser Manny and Jessica Herceg
Andrew Jarmoszuk Scott and Gayla Higginson
Nick Karas Indianapolis Automobile Trade Assoc.
Mike Keller Indianapolis Colts
Ernest J. Kelly Wally Justus
Robert and Liz Koehne Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Teri Catterson Kraft Katz, Sapper & Miller
Wade and Candice Lange J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Mickey Lentz Rick and Terry LaGore
Mike and Carla Leppert John A. Lienhart
Deon Lyday Mark and Katherine Lux
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Rick Lux
Gregory and Courtneigh Marlin Ron Marburger
Mary McCoy Mike and Annie Martin
Tom McNulty Melisa Martinez
Nick Melloh Bob and Diana Maxam
Roger and Andrea Mikels David and Karen McDowell
Glenn and Brenda Miller Gary and Sherry McNutt
Jeremy and Tammy Murchland David and Andrea Moore
Antone and Emily Najem Frank J. Moran
Mark A. Nance Dan Moyer
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle Anthony and Liza Najem
Pacers Sports and Entertainment Bill Nicholls
David and Jennifer Paul Denny and Donna Oklak
Joe Polizzi Wayne and Julie Pack
Republic National Distributing Company Bob and Dawn Passander
Dick and Caryl Richwine Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Roger and Janine Sheppard Pete and Susan Quinn
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman John and Karen Rademaker
Larry Siegler Jim and Rhonda Read
Shaun Souers Bill and Rhonda Redman
Jake Taylor Paul and Lisa Rioux
Esme Tebbe Sanborn Family Foundation
Judy Thomas Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Steve and Brenda Walker G. Donald and Alison Steel
Gary Warfield Steve and Betty Sterrett
Dustin Weisenburger Randy Stokely
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar Michael and Terry Thayer
Mike Wells Bob Thompson
Trace and Breena Yates Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
  Mark Thompson
  John Jester and Angela Tomlin
  Lisa Trepcos
  Tom and Mary Walsh
  Jim and Rita Zink
  Tom and Carrie Zupancic
  Brian and Jeannie Zurawski