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Canon, National Center For Missing & Exploited Children, Commemorate 10 Years of Sponsorship at Las Vegas Event



LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2009 -- Celebrating a decade of sponsorship, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) will hold the 10th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament, January 9th and 10th, in Las Vegas.

"Canon's continued commitment to protecting children is echoed in our corporate philosophy, Kyosei -- all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future," said Emily Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A.

"We are extremely proud to commemorate our 10th year as a sponsor of NCMEC and will continue to help protect children and raise awareness about the worldwide issues of child abduction and exploitation. To date, Canon's support of NCMEC has contributed to the recovery of 291 missing children."

NCMEC President and CEO Ernie Allen said, "This year marks 25 years of operation for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and in that time the organization has made great strides in the effort to make children safer. But that progress is only possible through the support of companies like Canon U.S.A., which has shown in their 10 year affiliation that it is deeply committed to our shared mission of child safety. We are grateful for our long history of working together to combat child abduction and exploitation, and look forward to 10 more years of sponsorship."

The 10th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Canon

Each year, the Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Canon helps NCMEC to raise awareness and funds for its programs to help find missing children and prevent the exploitation of children. To date, Canon has helped NCMEC raise and invest more than $5 million through product, service and monetary donations.

This year's Canon Customer Appreciation Reception will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009, at the Bellagio Grand Ballroom and the NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Canon will take place at The Tournament Players Club -- Las Vegas, on Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Since 1997, Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC have collaborated to educate the public about the growing issue of missing children. The Canon4Kids program, a sponsorship between 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 photos, and educates parents and guardians about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their children.

As part of the Canon4Kids program, more than 1,925 pieces of donated Canon equipment (digital cameras, fax-phones, printers and scanners) have been distributed to law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. 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. In addition to the Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Canon, Canon joins NCMEC at its Annual Hope Awards Benefit and Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C., to recognize law enforcement officials and others who have protected children. Also, Canon sponsored professional golfer Michelle McGann, placing photos of missing children on her golf bag during tournament play, enabling millions of people who attend the events or view them on television to see these pictures and the NCMEC hotline phone number.

Canon U.S.A. also protects future generations by helping to preserve nature's most valuable resources through the support of a wide range of environmental and youth programs. Canon U.S.A. supports the Canon Envirothon, one of North America’s largest high school environmental education competitions; the PBS Nature series; programs at Yellowstone National Park; and many additional local programs. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/environment.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline which has handled more than 2.3 million calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 132,314 children. The organization's CyberTipline has handled more than 635,000 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 18,000,000 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's office of Juvenile of Justice and Delinquency Prevention.. For more information about NCMEC, please call its toll-free, 24 hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its Web site at www.missingkids.com.


   







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