Cuarentaria isn’t a real word, if you hadn’t guessed. The idea comes from "Quinceañera"… it's just a slightly older version of it. 

And the sentiment behind the Cuarentaria is real -- a benefit on behalf of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA).

"I thought it would be fun to celebrate a 40th birthday party by dressing up in formal attire and enjoying good friends, food and dancing," says benefit organizer Stephanie Doughty. "However, I’ve always wanted to donate time to the CASA organization. I have never found the time yet to dedicate to it, so thought I’d turn a party into a fundraising event."

Tickets are $50 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to CASA of Collin County. CASA advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in court.

The public is invited. And, if you have a gently used evening gown or prom dress, feel free to bring it along to donate to the Prom Shop Project.

"In fact, if you’d like to donate the evening gown off of your back, bring some street clothes to change into later and leave the dress!" Doughty says. "We will have a bag check available at the front door."

The Prom Shop Project helps young girls go to and enjoy their prom by providing them a gently worn formal gown.

Cuarentaria Details:

Cuarentaria for Charity -- A Formal Charity Gala Benefitting CASA of Collin County

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 -- 7 p.m.
  • Hyatt Regency North Dallas, 701 E. Campbell Road, Richardson, 75081

Please visit to get more information and to purchase tickets online.