Canon U.S.A., Inc., continued its commitment to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) by hosting the 17th annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception in Las Vegas, which included live and silent auctions to raise funds for the center and sponsoring the NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament. This month’s two-day event raised $390,400 which will benefit NCMEC’s mission of bringing missing children home.
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,” Jonathan and Drew Scott – stars of the television show “Property Brothers,” actor Tom Welling and baseball legend Roger Clemens, plus many more celebs.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, understands the importance of protecting our children.
“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.
NCMEC 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 also 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.