LAS VEGAS, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding the importance of protecting our children, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continued its commitment to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, by hosting the 17th annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception on January 7, which included live and silent auctions to raise funds for the center, and sponsored the NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament in Las Vegas. Bringing together sponsors and supporters, the two-day event recognized the collective efforts to raise funds and raise awareness for child safety.
This year's Canon Customer Appreciation Reception was emceed by Richard Burgi, and featured several special guests, including John Walsh, co-founder of NCMEC and host of CNN's "The Hunt With John Walsh," and stars of the television show Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, actor Tom Welling and baseball legend Roger Clemens. The event helped NCMEC to raise $390,400 which will benefit NCMEC's mission of bringing missing children home.
"Each year we enjoy partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to celebrate the efforts made to help reconnect missing children with their families and loved ones," said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Canon's involvement with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has been very rewarding and we look forward to continued success in raising awareness about safety and prevention."
"A photo is one of the most critical tools for law enforcement in the search for a missing child and Canon's partnership has been essential to our efforts to reach families with that message," said John Clark, president and CEO, NCMEC. "NCMEC celebrated its 31st anniversary last year and in that time it has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 211,000 missing children. That success wouldn't be possible without partners like Canon and we are grateful for their continued support."
Since 1997, Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC have collaborated to educate the public about the growing issue of child abduction. The Canon4Kids program, a partnership between Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC, donates products to help law enforcement quickly disseminate photos and information about missing children, and educates parents about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their kids. To date, Canon has donated more than 2,500 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.
For more information about the Canon4Kids program, visit usa.canon.com/Canon4Kids.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014* and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. 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. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. 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 and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 211,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 5.4 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 147 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit www.missingkids.org. Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook.
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