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-1000 Archangel-2000
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 Michael Berghoff
Ronald and Virginia Bowden BOMA Indianapolis
Robert Bowen Dean and Julie Brackenridge
Kevin and Tina Brennan Ben and Kelly Braun
Jason and Darcy Brooks Joe and Laurie Breen
Brian and Bethany Burdick Doug and Connie Brown
Henry and Christine Camferdam Kevin Brown
Dave Ciechanowicz Carl F. Bucherer
Andrew Cohoat Jim and Lynda Carlino
Complete Electrical & Communications Brad and Paige Carson
Tom Cooler Celadon Trucking Services
Andrew and Christina Crask Joe and Ashleih Cheshire
Stephanie P. Cromer Matt and Jan Cohoat
Elgin and Sarah Curry Marcus and Bethany Colson
Doug and Alicia Dale Julie Comella
Mark and Joan DeFabis Ryan and Krista Craig
Duncan Supply  
Chip and Pamela Edgington J. Michael Cunningham
Steve and Cathy Edwards Tom and Kristi Curran
Tom and Jane Elliott Todd Daily
Greg Ericksen Greg Daniels
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
Julie and Gregory Gurnik Gary and Cyndy Faust
Greg Hahn Kimi and Bradley Fellers
Charles Hart First Financial Bank
Dan Hatfield Jeffrey and Elizabeth Garfield
Tom and Michelle Hayes Adam Gilliatte
Hays & Sons Complete Restoration Larry Griggers
Cindy Hogan Richard and Cathy Hahn
Chris and Cindy Horsley Brian and Jill Hall
Mark Hosfeld Hamilton National Title
Bill Hurrle Michael and Bonny Hannigan
Rick and Laura Huser John C. Hart, Jr.
Andrew Jarmoszuk Roger and Tonya Harvey
Jeffrey Miller and Susie Kim Manny and Jessica Herceg
Nick Karas Scott Higginson
Mike Keller Indianapolis Automobile Trade Assoc.
Ernie Kelly Indianapolis Colts
Christopher Kemp Wally Justus
Robert and Liz Koehne Larry and Colleen Kaelin
Teri Catterson Kraft Katz, Sapper & Miller
Wade and Candice Lange Kelley Automotive Group
Mickey Lentz Zak Khan
Mike and Carla Leppert J. Fritz Kreutzinger
Michael and Jenny Ley Rick and Terry LaGore
Deon Lyday Andy Lake
Del and Sara Mamuska-Morris John A. Lienhart
Gregory and Courtneigh Marlin Mark and Katherine Lux
Mary McCoy Rick Lux
Tom McNulty Mike and Annie Martin
Nick Melloh Melisa Martinez
Richard Michaelis 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
Dan Power Bob and Dawn Passander
Rahaminov Diamonds Chuck and Carrie Pennington
Republic National Distributing Company Prime 47 Carmel, LLC
Dick and Caryl Richwine Pete and Susan Quinn
Roger and Janine Sheppard John and Karen Rademaker
Randy and Lee Ann Sherman Ray Skillman Performance Ford Hyundai
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 Doug Schubert
Steve and Brenda Walker Shadowood Golf
Gary Warfield Smart Age Solutions, LLC
Dustin Weisenburger Bruce and Terri Stauffer
Michael and Tabatha Weishaar G. Donald and Alison Steel
Mike Wells Steve and Betty Sterrett
Trace and Breena Yates Randy Stokely
Yourline Jewelry Michael and Terry Thayer
  Bob Thompson
  Bobby and Ann Thompson, Jr.
  Mark Thompson
  John Jester and Angela Tomlin
  Johnny and Lisa Trepcos
  Tom and Mary Walsh
  Jim and Rita Zink
  Tom and Carrie Zupancic
  Brian and Jeannie Zurawski