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 www.casacentex.org.