LAS VEGAS, January 13, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) held their Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament, January 11 and 12, in Las Vegas to celebrate their collaborative efforts to protect children.
The reception was emceed by Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston with special guest John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted;" actor Stephen Baldwin; Mark Steines, co-host of "Entertainment Tonight;" and additional celebrities dedicated to raising awareness about the worldwide issues of child abduction and exploitation. The entertainment for the night was performed by Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles. The two-day event was an amazing success raising over $400,000 dollars.
"We are extremely proud to commemorate our 15-year sponsorship of NCMEC," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A. "Children are our future and ensuring their safety is of the utmost importance, which is why our involvement with NCMEC is not only essential, but extremely important to us. To date, more than 700 children featured through Canon Public Service Announcements have been recovered."
"Through its 15-year affiliation with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Canon U.S.A. has shown its deep commitment to our shared mission to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation," said Ernie Allen, NCMEC president and CEO. "With the support of Canon U.S.A., our organization has made great strides in the effort to make children safer by educating the public on the use of photos as an essential tool in the search and recovery of missing children."
The Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Canon U.S.A. helped NCMEC to raise awareness and funds for its programs. To date, Canon has helped NCMEC raise and invest more than $3 million through product, service and monetary donations.
Since 1997, Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC have collaborated to educate the public about the growing issue of missing children. The Canon4Kids program, sponsored by Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC, donates products to help law enforcement quickly disseminate photos and information about missing children, produces Public Service Announcements with missing children's photos, and educates parents about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their children.
As part of the Canon4Kids program, more than 2,000 pieces of donated Canon equipment (digital cameras, fax-phones, printers and scanners) have been distributed to law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The program also includes the placement of public service announcements with photographs of missing children in newspapers and magazines across the country to help in the recovery process.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010†, and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984. Designated by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline which has handled more than 3,472,740 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 169,840 children. The organization's CyberTipline has handled more than 1,318,820 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 61,201,640 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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