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Canon U.S.A. and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Celebrate Efforts to Promote Child Safety Awareness

Continuing their commitment to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® , Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, hosted the annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament in Las Vegas on Jan. 8 and 9. The events brought together sponsors and supporters to celebrate the collaborative efforts made to raise funds and awareness for child safety.

This year’s Canon Customer Appreciation Reception was emceed by actor Richard Burgi and featured several special guests, including John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted,” TV show, Patrick Warburton, Roger Clemens and Randall Cunningham. The event helped NCMEC raise over $438,000, which will benefit NCMEC’s mission of bringing missing children home.

“Our ongoing partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children demonstrates our commitment to child safety,” said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A. “Canon’s involvement with the organization has been incredibly rewarding and we look forward to our continued success in raising awareness and delivering messages of safety and prevention.”

"This year, NCMEC will celebrate its 30th anniversary and I am grateful to start the year with our partner, Canon," said NCMEC president and CEO, John Ryan. "Their partnership and support have made them critical to both our past success and our future progress. I know that there are many children that are safer today as a direct result of Canon's contribution."

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 over 2,000 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. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. 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. 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.

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 191,000 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 2.2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 100 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.com. Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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