The Gardens Casino To Host ‘All In For Autism Speaks’ Event On April 7, 2018

The Gardens Casino is hosting the inaugural All in for Autism Speaks Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 7th. The newly remodeled casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California will host the charity event to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Austism Speaks’ Southern California Chapter and their mission of promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families; they will also benefit local families by providing Gemiini Educational Systems video therapy services to those in need.

The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and a reception filled with live music, hors-d’oeuvres, drinks and silent auction. The auction will include many one-of-a-kind items and VIP experiences, including items donated by the World Boxing Council.

Lee WatkinsonThe poker tournament begins at 6:00 p.m. and features a $250 buy-in, with both cash and prizes up for grabs. The tournament features pro players including Lee Watkinson, celebrities, and athletes including WBC World Champions and Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien. Over 200 guests and celebrities are expected to be in attendance.

“This is the most elegant casino in Los Angeles. We are excited to be working with The Gardens and Autism Speaks in connection with this star-studded event designed to bring more resources to the families of Southern California. At Gemiini, our goal is to bring effective, affordable video modeling therapy to every family in need,” said Pamela Phillips of Gemiini. “Events like this help make this goal possible.”

April is Autism Awareness Month and All in for Autism Speaks serves to bring awareness to autism through this lively and competitive tournament. Tickets for this event begin at $100 to attend. Tickets can be purchased on event day at the Casino. Sponsorship opportunities are available and begin at $2,500.

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About The Gardens Casino:

Known as the “friendliest card club” in the Los Angeles area, The Gardens Casino has been one of LA’s premier card clubs for more than 20 years. Its new state-of-the-art venue offers guests over 300 tables, luxury VIP amenities as well as a premium casual restaurant and an upscale bar and lounge. The Gardens Casino has been integral to the Hawaiian Gardens community, supporting the city with jobs and economic contributions. For more information on The Gardens Casino, visit

About Autism:

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks:

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. Go to to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.

About Gemiini Systems:

Gemiini Systems is a global provider of online video modeling therapy for patients with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Video modeling is accepted as Established Science by the National Autism Standards Board and Gemiini is dedicated to reaching every family in need of therapy. Gemiini offers scholarships to meet every budget. Details on research into video therapy or on scholarships for families in need can be found at