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Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Celebrates Its Partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Las Vegas

Partners Dedicated to Protecting Children Hold Ninth Annual Fundraiser Reception and Celebrity Golf Tournament, and Launch the Canon4Kids Nationwide Van Tour

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 7, 2008 Celebrating their continued commitment to protecting children, Canon U.S.A., Inc., and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) (NCMEC) will hold the Ninth Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament, January 8th and 9th. To help raise awareness of issues related to locating missing children, Canon U.S.A. will also kick off the Canon4Kids Van Tour in Las Vegas.

" At the heart of Canon's commitment to the global community is the belief that we are building a better world for future generations. That commitment is echoed in our corporate philosophy, Kyosei - all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future -and we can find no cause more worthy than the protection of our most precious resource, our children," said William Reed, senior vice president and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Our involvement with NCMEC has helped 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 148 missing children."

NCMEC President and CEO Ernie Allen said, "Canon's generous support of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a life-saving gift to children in need. Our mission to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation and to help the victims of these terrible crimes is strengthened immeasurably by Canon's strong commitment to protecting children."

The Ninth 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 takes place in Las Vegas to help raise awareness and funds for NCMEC's child recovery programs. In previous years, Canon and NCMEC have raised nearly $3 million dollars from a fundraiser auction at the Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament.

This year's Canon Customer Appreciation Reception will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and the NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament Sponsored by Canon will take place at The Tournament Players Club - Las Vegas, on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

Some of the celebrities expected to participate in the events include:

  • Gregory Harrison
  • Joel Gretsch
  • Richard Burgi
  • Jason Scheff
  • Chris Rich
  • Steve Schirripa
  • Col. Ronnie Walter Cunningham
  • Judd Nelson
  • Nat Moore
  • Blair Underwood

*Attendees are subject to change without notice

Canon4Kids Van Tour(i)
In Las Vegas, Canon and NCMEC will launch the Canon4Kids Van Tour, a nine-week excursion that will visit select retail locations throughout the nation, focused on encouraging parents to keep their children safer. Parents will receive a safety kit and have the opportunity to have their child's picture taken with a Powershot G9 Digital Camera and printed using a Canon SELPHY ES2 Compact Photo Printer. Vans will drive around the city and be stationed outside the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2008), January 7 - 10, to raise awareness for the program. After Las Vegas, the Canon4Kids Van Tour will visit the following 10-cities:

  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • Orange County/Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • San Diego
  • Phoenix
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Orlando/Tampa
  • Atlanta

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 product to help law enforcement quickly disseminate photos and information about missing children, produces PSAs with missing children photos, and educates parents about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their children.

As part of the Canon4Kids program, more than 1,400 pieces of donated Canon equipment (digital cameras, fax-phones, printers and scanners) have been distributed to law-enforcement agencies in 37 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.

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 http://www.usa.canon.com/environment .

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R)
NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping to protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 519,300 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 135,800 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 118,700 children. For more information about NCMEC, please call its toll-free, 24 hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its Web site at http://www.missingkids.com .

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006+, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting http://www.usa.canon.com/pressroom .

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
(+)IFI Patent Intelligence, January 11, 2007
(i)Final preparations for the Van Tour were still being finalized as of press time and certain cities and other elements are subject to change.

(First posted on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 16:14 EST)

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