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

Jul 04, 2018 09:26AM ● By Elena Hutslar

On Friday September 14, 2018, The AHA! Movement, a local non-profit advocating hazing awareness, will host their annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser at the Pleasant Hill Recreation Center located at 320 Civic Drive: this year’s theme, a Masked Ball.

“We are blessed to have a community of supportive individuals who want to see change, said Debbie Smith, MM, Founder, and CEO of the AHA! Movement. I’m ecstatic to mix fun with raising awareness and financial support for a mission essential to the health and wellbeing of our society.”

AHA!’s Monte Carlo night is a black-tie masked ball affair emceed by the city of Brentwood’s popular improv personality, Bart Schneider.  The event will run from 6-11:30 PM local time. Guests will enjoy an elegant buffet, cocktails, dancing, a silent and live auction, and professional gaming. Sponsorships and event tickets are available via AHA!’s website (  All proceeds benefit the AHA! Movement and their mission to increase awareness, accountability, and responsibility towards eradicating hazing.

“We are excited to once again this year offer the community an entertaining evening of gaming, dinner, and dancing while actively making a difference in the lives of our young people,” said 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 while pledging a fraternity at California State University, Chico. Working closing with then State Senator Tom Torlakson, Smith was the catalyst in passing a California law amending the California Education Code, and California Penal Code allowing felony charges for some hazing rituals, and for the first time, gave prosecutors the ability to seek hazing charges against nonstudents. 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.

The AHA! Movement, founded in 2015 in loving memory of Matthew Carrington by his Mother, Founder and CEO Debbie Smith, is a national non-profit, dedicated to hazing awareness. The AHA! Movement focuses on outreach, education, and prevention of hazing related injuries and deaths through the development of educational awareness programs. Smith is available for speaking engagements and is actively seeking partners and donors. For more information about Matt’s story, please visit and to donate to the AHA! Movement, please visit