LAS VEGAS, January 11, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, hosted the annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) Celebrity Golf Tournament. The event, held Jan. 9 and 10 in Las Vegas, brought together sponsors and supporters to celebrate the collaborative efforts made to protect children throughout the year.
This year's reception was emceed by actor John O'Hurley and featured many special guests and celebrities including John Walsh, Danny Masterson, Alice Cooper and Kevin Sorbo. The 2013 event helped NCMEC raise over $427,000, making it one of the most successful fundraising efforts throughout Canon's 16 years of sponsorship.
"We look forward to continuing the strong partnership we have forged with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children well into the future," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A. "There is nothing more rewarding than knowing our involvement with NCMEC helps contribute to the return of more and more missing children to their families each year."
"Canon has been an invaluable partner of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The company has adopted our mission of child safety and made it their own," said John Ryan, NCMEC CEO. "I believe that the work we are doing together is helping families and saving lives."
Each year, the Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsored by Canon U.S.A. not only assists NCMEC with fundraising efforts, but also helps to raise awareness about the issues of missing and exploited children. Canon has proudly provided NCMEC with more than $5 million worth of support through donated products, services and money.
Together, Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC created the Canon4Kids program. The Canon-sponsored program works to educate the public about child safety and missing children. Canon4Kids has donated over 2,000 pieces of digital photographic and imaging technology equipment to assist law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in the recovery of missing children.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level 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 on issues related to missing and exploited children, the organization operates the toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline which has handled more than 3,670,000 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 180,000 children. The organization's CyberTipline has handled more than 1,714,500 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 79,018,400 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 (1-800-843-5678) 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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