The 17th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Benefit Fundraiser was held Thursday night, January 7 at The Bellagio to raise funds and awareness for child safety. Emcee for this year’s gala event was actor Richard Burgi. In attendance were elected officials and patrons of NCMEC including Joe Adachi, Canon U.S.A Chairman and CEO, John W. Arnos, Sr. Board Member and Special Advisor to the President, NCMEC; and special guest John Walsh of “The Hunt with John Walsh,” a weekly investigative/documentary TV series airing on CNN.
Also in attendance to lend their support for this worthy cause were celebrities from the world of entertainment and sports including: actor Robert Hays (Airplane!), Chris McDonald (Happy Gilmore ); Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown); Chris Rich (Murphy Brown); actress Paula Trickey (USA’s Pacific Blue); baseball star Roger Clemens, known as “The Rocket” (MLB Baseball All-Star and World Series Champion); former Miami Dolphins player/now Senior Vice President of Special Projects and Alumni Relations Nat Moore, celebrity magician Murray SawChuck and his stage assistant April Annenberg and card trick master Douglas ‘Lefty’ Leferovich; singer/actor/dancer Adrian Zmed and singer/wife Lyssa Lynne; singer Nelson Sardelli; Jabbawockeez, Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips; violinist/DJ Lydia Ansel; the hunky men from Thunder From Down Under; entertainer and TV host Tony Sacca; boxing champ Gerry Cooney; actor Kurt Bevacqua; major league baseball player Tommy John; TV actor Danny Masterson; singer Chadwick Johnson; rocker John Payne from the group Asia; comedians Kathleen Dunbar and Lenny Windsor; TV actress Minnie Foxx; magician Tommy Wind and assistant/wife Stacy Wind; America’s Got Talent contestants Triple Threat; Reckless in Vegas star Michael Shapiro; olympian Willie Gault; singer/actress Pia Zadora; The Property Brothers stars Drew and Johnathan Scott and many more.
The gala event included a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring valuable items, followed by a magnificent gourmet style, buffet dinner, a live auction where winning bidders were lucky to claim several travel and celebrity chef dinner prizes. To top off the festivities, the evening’s entertainment was provided by singer/songwriter/musician Frankie Moreno and his band.
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, has donated thousands of products including digital cameras, fax machines, printers and scanners to help law enforcement quickly disseminate photos and information about missing children, produces PSAs with missing children’s photos and educates parents about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their children.
Thanks to partners and supporters, the National Center has been able to assist law enforcement in the recovery of more than 199,000 missing children. Today 97% of missing children have been bought home. The Center’s CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting suspected child exploitation, has received more than 3 million reports and analysts have received more than 124 million suspected child pornography images. In the past year, 168 children involved in sex traffic have been recovered and 181 pimps have been arrested. In addition, as of November 3, 2014, Amber Alerts have helped rescue and safely return 711 children.
For their commitment in trying to make the world a better place through their continued support and donation of products and services for the National Center, John Walsh, Co-Founder of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children said, “Canon U.S.A. exemplifies how one company can truly make a difference and the National Center is proud to call them a sponsor.”
The 17th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception/fundraiser and the following morning’s NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament raised money which will directly benefit the organization’s mission of finding returning mission children and the prevention of child abduction and exploitation. http://www.missingkids.com/home
For a complete photo gallery from the red carpet go to: Las Vegas Round The Clock