Dottie's House, the transitional program in Ocean County for women and children who have survived domestic violence, is holding its Third Annual "Parrots in Paradise Casino Night" this Friday, Nov. 14, at Hemingway's Cafe in Seaside Heights, from 6 to 11 p.m..

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Carol Wolfe, Dottie's House Executive Director, recently spoke about the event during the "Ocean County Breakfast Show," and pointed out the importance of offering the two-year program to those trying to get back on their feet to become emotionally and financially independent.

"They're heroes because they want their lives to change and they do this for themselves and their children," she said.

Every woman staying at Dottie's House is employed, according to Wolfe, who shared three of them also are attending school while working.

"We have four graduating in April and May, and that means they've done two years and gotten jobs and done everything that they can to become independent," she said.

Wolfe said if the mothers don't change their lives, their children will never change.

The Jimmy Buffet-themed event will feature a live performer singing renditions of Buffet's music.

Tickets are $65 per person and include $100 worth of playing chips. The event will also feature lots of prizes, including NFL tickets to see the NY Giants, a buffet dinner and gift auction.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.dottieshouse.org.