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

Richard Arnos Rick and Tena Albrecht
Gerry and Carol Bailey Jon and Lisa Arbuckle
Diego Bianchetti Brad Barkley
Sky Block Michael Berghoff
Brian and Bethany Burdick BOMA Indianapolis
Cain Corporation Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Dave Ciechanowicz Ben and Kelly Braun
Daniel Cobb Joe and Laurie Breen
Andrew and Colleen Cohoat Doug and Connie Brown
Tommy and Katelyn Cohoat Brugh Family Foundation
Marcus and Bethany Colson Sheri Campbell
Create A Space Brad and Paige Carson
Creative Assembly & Packaging Matt and Jan Cohoat
Nancy G. and Michael S. Curless Julie Comella
Tom and Kristi Curran Contract Lumber
Elgin and Sarah Curry J. Michael Cunningham
Brian Denney Greg and Cynthia Daniels
Steve and Cathy Edwards Dauby O'Connor & Zaleski, LLC
Peggy Elson Tom and Pat DeCoster
Kurt Evans Deem, LLC
Josh and Mindy Fleming Nick and Nicole Dellen
Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger Rick and Connie Doss
Fresh Sausage Specialists Gary and Carol Edwards
Jeffrey and Elizabeth Garfield Trut and Jordan Edwards
Jon and Rachel Goodburn Val Edwards
Jane Gosling Daniel and Linda Esposito
Thomas and JoDee Grant Gregory Evans
Greg Hahn Fayette Tool & Engineering, Inc.
Chris Hale First Financial Bank
Michael and Bonny Hannigan Lee R. Ford
Hays & Sons Complete Restoration Dan Fowler
George Hepburn Richard and Cathy Hahn
Hank Hornaday Brian and Jill Hall
Mark Hosfeld Eric Hand
Indiana Donor Network John C. Hart, Jr.
Christopher Kemp Roger and Tonya Harvey
Chris Killebrew Manny and Jessica Herceg
Teri Catterson Kraft Scott and Gayla Higginson
Andy and Amy Lake Indianapolis Automobile Trade Assoc.
Wade and Candice Lange Indianapolis Colts
Mickey Lentz IWIS Drive Systems, LLC
Mike and Carla Leppert Wally Justus
Michael and Jenny Ley Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Deon Lyday Katz, Sapper & Miller
Lance and Julie Lyday Kelley Automotive Group
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Klipsch Group
Don Matthews J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Adrian McCord Kyle Krisiloff
Richard Michaelis Scott and Sarah Kuester
Roger and Andrea Mikels Rick and Terry LaGore
Glenn and Brenda Miller Jim and Jody Lefevere
Jeffrey Miller and Susie Kim Lenex Steel Company
Ryan and Christy Owings John A. Lienhart
David and Jennifer Paul Mark and Katherine Lux
Dan Power Rick Lux
Rahaminov Diamonds Mike and Annie Martin
Robert and Amy Rhodes Melisa Martinez
Terry and April Richard Matthew and Allison Koscal
Dick and Caryl Richwine Bob and Diana Maxam
Sagamore Ready Mix David and Karen McDowell
Pat Sheehan Gary and Sherry McNutt
Roger and Janine Sheppard Peter and Jessica Mills
Brittany Siegler David J. Moore
Larry Siegler Frank J. Moran
Shaun Souers Dan and Sherry Moyer
G. Donald and Alison Steel Anthony and Liza Najem
Doug and Maureen Sylvester Bill Nicholls
Jake Taylor Butch Nuckols
The New You Denny and Donna Oklak
Johnny and Lisa Trepcos Wayne and Julie Pack
Tom and Mary Walsh Bob and Dawn Passander
Gary Weaver Pete and Susan Quinn
Eric Webb John and Karen Rademaker
Allen Weisenburger Ray Skillman Performance Ford Hyundai
Trace and Breena Yates Jim and Rhonda Read
Yourline Jewelry Bill and Rhonda Redman
Darell Gene Zink Paul and Lisa Rioux
  Rock Ridge Development, LLC
  Doug Schubert
  Shadowood Golf
  Monte and Kris Spence
  Bruce and Terri Stauffer
  Sterling Investors Life Insurance Company
  Steve and Betty Sterrett
  Randy Stokely
  Doug and Jennifer Swain
  Michael and Terry Thayer
  Bob Thompson
  Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
  Mark and Shanna Thompson
  John Jester and Angela Tomlin
  Rick and Lynn Wajda
  Curt and Linda White
  Jim and Rita Zink Sr.
  Tom and Carrie Zupancic