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The Gardens Casino to Host 2nd Annual ‘All in for Autism Speaks’ Poker Tournament to Support Autism Speaks


The Gardens Casino is hosting the 2nd Annual All in for Autism Speaks Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 13that the newly remodeled Gardens Casino to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Autism 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.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and a meet and greet reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Poker tournament begins at 7 p.m. and features a once in a lifetime World Boxing Council experience that includes one-on-one training with a Champ and ring side seats to a major fight.

The tournament features World Boxing Council Champions, NASCAR drivers including DK Ulrich, Maxim and Sports Illustrated model Khloe Terae, Hollywood producer Christine Peters,  actress and producer Kelly Greyson, Dr. Bill Dorfman celebrity dentist featured on The Doctors,  and athletes including Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.

All tolled, over 200 guests and celebrities will gather at The Gardens Casino in support of the All in for Autism Tournament.

“Our goal is to bring effective, affordable video modeling therapy to every family in need,” said Pamela Phillips of Gemiini. “Thanks to the generosity of The Gardens Casino, all of the proceeds from this event will provide much needed resources to the families in Southern California that are affected by autism.”

April is Autism Awareness Month and All in for Autism Speaks serves to increase acceptance and understanding of those affected by autism through this lively and friendly tournament.

Tickets for this event are $150 for one ticket and $200 for two tickets.  Tickets can be purchased at act.autismspeaks.org/Allinforautismspeaks Sponsorship opportunities are available and begin at $2,500.

To learn more about this year’s event please contact: [email protected]

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 200 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 www.thegardenscasino.com.

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. 

 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 AutismSpeaks.org to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.

 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 here.