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