Canon USA’s 11th Annual Celebrity Event Benefiting National Charity


This is a guest post from Judy Thorburn of

Canon USA’s 11th annual celebrity event, benefiting a charity the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was held during a customer appreciation reception. Guests of the evening enjoyed an open bar, fine cuisine buffet, open bar, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment by the dynamic LA Allstars. This year’s event took place January 8, 2010 inside the Bellagio Hotel’s Tower Ballroom.


John Walsh, Alice Cooper and Cheech Marin

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Joe Regalbuto

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The star-studded event, sponsored by Canon U.S.A. Inc., and produced by John Arnos, Canon U.S.A., and Jaki Baskow, of Baskow & Associates, benefited the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of endangered, abducted or sexually exploited children.


John Daly

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John Walsh

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VIP guests during the event included members of the media, including yours truly, an impressive lineup of celebrities from TV, sports, movies and politics were in attendance to show their support of the charity. They included John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted), rock icon Alice Cooper, actors Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives), Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue), Kevin Sorbo (TV’s Hercules), Steven Root (most recently seen in Men Who Stare at Goats), Dean Norris (currently on AMC’s Breaking Bad) Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), Kevin Dobson, Chris Rich, soap opera star Michael Storm, model/actress Molly Culver, actor/comedian Cheech Marin (of Cheech and Chong fame), singer Rudy Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers), football players Eddie Payton and Willie Gault, musician/comedian Gary Mule Deer, Domenick Allen (former lead singer of Foreigner), his wife actress/singer/dancer Leigh Zimmerman (The Producers), Angelica Bridges, Dr. Gadget, astronaut Walt Cunningham, comedienne Grandma Lee, actress Paula Tickey, golfer Natalie Gulbis and many more.


Kevin Sorbo

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Kurt Bevacqua

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John Walsh, co-founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) took to the stage and spoke about the impact the partnership of Canon USA and NCMEC has made in helping raise awareness about the worldwide issues of child abduction and exploitation. 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.


Michael Storm

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When it comes to child pornography and internet predators, NCMEC has reviewed 30 million pieces of child pornography, and 10 million images of child pornography that were analyzed have been given over to law enforcement to handle. With the help of NCMEC’s sex offender tracking team, over 700,000 sex offenders have been identified, located and convicted in this country.


Paula Trickey and Molly Culver

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Canon has contributed to the recovery of missing children, in part, by providing techno-age progression photos. “The recovery rate of missing children has increased from 64% in 1993 to over 97% in 2010,” Walsh said. Canon’s support of NCMEC has also helped to contribute to the recovery of more than 477 children featured in the Canon4Kids PSAs.


Robert Hayes

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The National Center’s partnership with Canon USA is an undeniable example of how a partnership between two organizations can really make a difference in the lives of children.


Steven Root

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The following Saturday morning, Canon sponsored the 11th annual NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament at The Tournament Players Club in Las Vegas benefiting the worthy cause.

For more information about The National Center for Missing Children visit The toll free 24 hour hotline number is 1-800-THELOST.

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