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Hazing Awareness Non-Profit to Host First Annual Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser

Aug 04, 2017 11:56AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Hazing Awareness Non-Profit to Host First Annual Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser


On Friday, August 25, The AHA! Movement, a local non-profit advocating hazing awareness, will host their first annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, located off Taylor Blvd.


“We are blessed to have a community of supportive individuals and ecstatic to mix a great time with raising awareness and financial support for a mission essential to the health and well-being of our young people,” says Debbie Smith, MM, founder and CEO of the AHA! Movement. 


AHA!’s Monte Carlo Night is a black-tie affair, with local personality and musician Paul Cotruvo as MC. The event will run from 6-11pm, and guests will enjoy an elegant buffet, cocktails, dancing, a live auction, and professional gaming. Sponsorships and event tickets are available via AHA!’s website, All proceeds will benefit the AHA! Movement and their mission to end the senseless and tragic cycle of deaths from hazing.


“Anyone who knows Paul Cotruvo knows a good time follows him like a tail! Be prepared to be entertained, cry a little, laugh, cry some more, and leave knowing you made a difference in the lives of our young people,” says event coordinator Jeremy Carlson.  


The AHA! Movement is a national non-profit, founded and run by Smith in loving memory of her son, Matt Carrington, who was tragically killed in a water hazing incident while pledging a fraternity at California State University, Chico. Working closley with then State Senator Tom Torlakson, Smith was the catalyst in getting a California law passed to amend the California Education Code and California Penal Code, allowing felony charges for some hazing rituals, and, for the first time, giving prosecutors the ability to seek hazing charges against non-students. The bill was signed into law on September 29, 2006, by then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and named Matt’s Law, after Smith’s son. 


The AHA! Movement’s goal is to prevent injury and death by changing the culture of those organizations who participate in the humiliating, degrading, torturous and potentially deadly acts of hazing.


For more information about Matt’s story, please visit, and to donate to the AHA! Movement, please visit



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