The 14th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception held during CES Week in Las Vegas

by Debbie Hall, contributing writer

Photography by Joe Buda

Informer Media Group

More than 40 entertainment and sports celebrities were part of the 14th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and fundraiser to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children held at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino Jan. 9.

Emcee for the gala event was award winning actor John O’Hurley with special guest John Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted” and entertainment by Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno.

“We look forward to continuing the strong partnership we have forged with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children well into the future,” said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A. “There is nothing more rewarding than knowing our involvement with NCMEC helps contribute to the return of more and more missing children to their families each year.

“I want to thank the dealers, I want to thank my friends who are here tonight, and I want to thank you for the support you have given us the past 14 years. Canon says thank you. I say thank you. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says thank you.”

“The success of this charity and what they do has also taken my life to a new level,” O’Hurley said. “I am married to a phenomenal woman and six years ago we had an extraordinary child. There isn’t a moment that I don’t wake up, looking at my son sleeping between us and wonder what parents do when their child is missing. It is the obligation of every parent to take care of their child.”

He announced, “(The center) has found 178,000 children. I understand it is not what they have done but what would parents of missing children have done without the center.”

Walsh addressed the audience with, “My job when I get here is to say thank you. So thank you to everyone for what you have done for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Thank you for helping to keep our children safe and all that you are doing here.

This year’s event with a live and silent auction helped NCMEC raised more than $427,000, making it one of the most successful fundraising efforts throughout Canon’s 16 years of sponsorship.

Red carpet arrivals included: actors Adrian Zmed, Christopher Rich, Danny Latham, Danny Masterson, Jeffrey Donovan, Joe Regalbuto, John O’Hurley, Minnie Foxx, Norvell Ji’Floyd, Paul Logan, Paula Trickey, Richard Burgi, Robert Hays, Stepfanie Kramer, Phillip Friedman and Todd Davis, BMX rider and TV personality Ricardo Laguna, rockers Alice Cooper and Paul Shortino with members of the band Fans of Jimmy Century, Comedian Bill Engvall, Rock of Ages cast members Carrie St. Louis, Mark Shunock and Justin Mortelliti, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas star Jacqueline Holland-Wright, Recycled Percussion, Chef Dominic Tedesco, the men of Chippendales and Thunder from Down Under, dancers from Fantasy, European super model Elina Bertoni, Dr, Gadget, impressionist Gordie Brown, violin virtuoso Lydia Ansel, singers Zowie Bowie (Chris Phillips), Jasmine Trias, Pia Zadora and Steve Lippia, Las Vegas Entertainment Ambassador Tony Sacca, singer/magician Ben Stone, Neil Diamond tribute artist Rob Garrett, Frank Sinatra tribute artist Peter Pavone, The Ink Spots, The Platters, comedy hypnotist Marc Savard, comedy magician Murray Sawchuck with his wife Fantasy dancer Chloe Louise and sidekick, Doug “Lefty” Leferovich, The Property Brothers Johnathan and Drew Scott, Detective Joe Schillaci, national TV/radio host and correspondent Stacey Gualandi, motivational speaker Marilyn Sherman, 2012 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Ellie Smith, female impersonator Frank Marino and Robert DeNiro impersonator Robert Nash.

 

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 disseminate photos and information about missing children, produces PSAs with missing children photos, and educates parents about maintaining updated photos of their children.

To learn more about NCMEC, or to report information about a missing child, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit its website at www.missingkids.com.

 

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