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CASA of Central Texas has invited the public to come “Cruisin’ with CASA” and enjoy an evening of antique cars, live music, a 50’s-themed atmosphere, and the chance to take home items up for bid in a live and silent auction.

The event will be held Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Dick’s Classic Garage in San Marcos. Tickets are still available and may be purchased in advance or at the door for $60 a person.

Proceeds from ticket sales will support Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Texas. CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers. The event will also honor John Navarrette, who manages CenturyLink’s South Texas operations.

Navarrette has supported CASA both personally and through CenturyLink for the past seven years. He said CASA provides good role models for kids, especially those who come from tough homes.

“We need to invest in the front end,” Navarrette said. “Instead of building more detention centers and jails, we need to work on breaking the cycle.”

CenturyLink provides office space for the San Marcos CASA office, and Navarrette has used his position in the community to promote additional support of the child advocacy agency.

“At the time (seven years ago) I was already familiar with CASA through my wife’s work as a legal assistant, but when I met (Executive Director) Norma (Castilla-Blackwell), I thought, ‘I get it now’,” Navarrette said. “To have an advocate available to these children was pretty special, especially the consistency that the volunteers provide throughout the case. I understood the importance of trying to find and keep these the special volunteers.”

Castilla-Blackwell said Navarrette has give much to CASA and the San Marcos community, and she said he exemplifies an extraordinary work ethic and impeccable character.

“Mr. Navarrette was instrumental in helping CASA with a state-wide male volunteer recruitment campaign,” Castilla-Blackwell said. “He put CASA in connection with the Texas State Football Coach Dennis Franchione, who then agreed to participate in our Coaches for CASA campaign which included public service announcements, billboards and highlights at college football games, all featuring Coach Franchione calling for more male CASA volunteers.”

In 2011, CASA volunteers served more than 300 children in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties. However, CASA says more advocates are needed. Advocate training is conducted throughout the year. Those interested in becoming CASA advocates may contact the CASA office at (512) 392-3578 or visit

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3 thoughts on “CASA invites public to fundraiser, recognizes John Navarrette

  1. Its very commendable what John Navarrette is doing to help abused children, but this has more to with family please pass this on to John Navarrette,as you see my name is also John Navarrette i am 73 almost 74 years old ,son of Mauricio Rodiguez Navarrette and Manuela Caldera Aguilar both of Aldama, Chihuahua, when i see other John Navarrette/Navarrete i see a strong resembles to my self. I was named after my uncle Juan Navarrette of Pixley,Cal. my father was the son of Roman Navarrete and Maria de Jesus Rodriguez Saldana, he was the son of Anastacio Navarrete and Refugio Contreas he son of Jorge Navarrete and Juana Rodriguez here it gets tricky his parents are unknown to me but behind him there are two, Mariano Navarrete and Maria Gonzales he is the son of Nicolas Navarrete and Maria Volanos( Bolanos? ? he son of Nicolas Navarrete and Sebestiana Tamyo the other possibbilty is Carlos Navarrette and Loenca Cano he son of Tomas Navarrete and Franca Beltran he son of Nicolas Navarrete and Sebestiana Tamayo either way it ends up with Sebastian De Navarrete and Juana Ybarra again three possibiltys Pedro De Luna Navarrete,Josepe Navarrete, Juan Feix Navarrete, all sons of Pedro Felix Navarrete i did not put down the ladys, this puts us at 1580 so now who’s left the conquistadores, Luis Navarrete Pedro De Navarrete, Fransico Navarrete 1538 and the first Navarrete Alonso Navarrete 1519 the second T in our name was added when we crossed into the United States in 1916-1917 when their parents passed on Roman Navarrete and Maria De Jesus Rodriguez, mother was Maria de la Luz Saldana father Cruz Rodriguez, this is my family history and more than likely somewhere in the pass we are cousins as alot of Navarrete/Nabarrete and variation came from Chihuahua, Mexico. This kind of long but I thought he might like to know. Thank you John Diego Pedro Caldera Navarrette/Navarrete

  2. Mr. Navarrette

    I happen to know the other Mr. John Navarrette and sent him a link to your comments. My contact information is on the advertising page on this site if you would like to call me personally.

    Melissa Jewett
    Advertising Director
    San Marcos Mercury

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