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 190 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
arcDESIGN Shelli and Kelly Austin
Paul Arechiga Tim Ayler
Richard Arnos Brad Barkley
Larry Barthuly Denny Barrett
Matt Bockhorst Charles S. Bath
Ronald and Virginia Bowden BOMA Indianapolis
Darrell Boyd Robert Bowen
Jason and Darcy Brooks Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Doug and Connie Brown Ben and Kelly Braun
Brulin & Company Joe and Laurie Breen
Brian and Bethany Burdick Kevin and Tina Brennan
Joe and Ashleih Cheshire Kevin Brown
Andrew Cohoat Sheri Campbell
Jeff Cohoat Brad and Paige Carson
Julie Comella Dave Ciechanowicz
Complete Electrical & Communications Matt and Jan Cohoat
Tom Cooler Marcus and Bethany Colson
Andrew and Christina Crask Ryan Craig
Stephanie P. Cromer J. Michael Cunningham
Tom and Kristi Curran Greg Daniels
Elgin and Sarah Curry Tom and Pat deCoster
Todd Daily Nick and Nicole Dellen
Doug and Alicia Dale Gary and Carol Edwards
Mike Deck Trut Edwards
Mark and Joan DeFabis Val Edwards
Tom and Peggy Dickey Daniel and Linda Esposito
Duncan Supply Gary and Cyndy Faust
Chip Edgington Fredrick and Nancy Frauhiger
Steve and Cathy Edwards Jeffrey and Elizabeth Garfield
Tom and Jane Elliott Adam Gilliatte
Greg Ericksen Larry Griggers
First American Title Richard and Cathy Hahn
Josh and Mindy Fleming Brian and Jill Hall
Fresh Sausage Specialists Rick Harrison
Edwin Frieden John C. Hart, Jr.
David and Trish Gooderum Scott and Gayla Higginson
Jane Gosling Indianapolis Automobile Trade Assoc.
Thomas and JoDee Grant Wally Justus
Julie and Gregory Gurnik Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Greg Hahn Katz, Sapper & Miller
Michael and Bonny Hannigan J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Charles Hart Rick and Terry LaGore
Roger and Tonya Harvey John A. Lienhart
Dan Hatfield Mark and Katherine Lux
Tom and Michelle Hayes Rick Lux
Hays & Sons Complete Restoration Ron Marburger
Manny and Jessica Herceg Mike and Annie Martin
Chris and Cindy Horsley Bob and Diana Maxam
Mark and Judi Hosfeld David and Karen McDowell
Bill Hurrle Gary and Sherry McNutt
Rick and Laura Huser Roger and Andrea Mikels
Indianapolis Colts Glenn and Brenda Miller
Andrew Jarmoszuk Frank J. Moran
Nick Karas Dan Moyer
Mike Keller Anthony and Liza Najem
Ernest J. Kelly Bill Nicholls
Jeremy Klonowski Denny and Donna Oklak
Robert and Liz Koehne Robert and Dawn Passander
Jerry Koors Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Teri Catterson Kraft Pete and Susan Quinn
Wade and Candice Lange John and Karen Rademaker
Kimberly Graham Lee Jim and Rhonda Read
Mickey Lentz Paul and Lisa Rioux
Mike and Carla Leppert Tom and Kassie Ritman
Dawn Lindquist Sanborn Family Foundation
Lucas Oil Products Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Deon Lyday G. Donald and Alison Steel
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris Steve and Betty Sterrett
Gregory and Courtneigh Marlin Randy Stokely
Melisa Martinez Rod and Ann Taylor
Mary McCoy Esme Tebbe
Tom McNulty Michael and Terry Thayer
Nick Melloh Bob Thompson
Monarch Beverage Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
David and Andrea Moore Mark Thompson
Jeremy and Tammy Murchland Jim and Rita Zink
Maria and Brian Murphy Tom and Carrie Zupancic
Antone and Emily Najem Brian and Jeannie Zurawski
Mark A. Nance  
Dale Needleman  
Roger N. and Winnie Nestle  
Ann O'Hara  
Ryan and Christy Owings  
Pacers Sports and Entertainment  
Wayne and Julie Pack  
David and Jennifer Paul  
Michael and Jody Petrie  
Joe Polizzi  
Ray's Trash Service  
Bill and Rhonda Redman  
Republic National Distributing Company  
Dick and Caryl Richwine  
Laurie Schultz  
Brian and Jill Schuman  
Jeff and Heidi Sealey  
Pat Sheehan  
Roger and Janine Sheppard  
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman  
Larry Siegler  
Jason M Smith  
Shaun Souers  
Jake Taylor  
Judy Thomas  
John Jester and Angela Tomlin  
Ted and Tracy Vatnsdal  
Steve and Brenda Walker  
Tom and Mary Walsh  
Gary Warfield  
Eric Webb  
Dustin Weisenburger  
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar  
Mike Wells