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The 15th Annual Canon customer appreciation reception & fundraiser - Part 1

The 15th Annual Canon customer appreciation reception & fundraiser

Chef Dominic Tedesco on the red carpet.
Stephen Thorburn
John Walsh, founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Stephen Thorburn

Over 30 celebrities from the world of entertainment attended the 15th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception and fundraiser to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on Thursday night January 9th.

Emcee for the gala event, which included a buffet style gourmet dinner, silent and live auction, was actor Richard Burgi with special guest John Walsh of America's Most Wanted.

Red carpet arrivals that showed up in support of the good cause included: NCMEC founder John Walsh, actors Adrian Zmed, Christopher Rich, Joe Regalbuto, Paula Trickey, Richard Burgi, Kevin Sorbo, Robert Hays, Phillip Friedman, Patrick Warburton, Randy Rogan and Christopher McDonald, BMX rider and TV personality Ricardo Laguna, legendary rockers Paul Shortino, John Payne, Alicia Perrone and Victor James of the band 'Fans of Jimmy Century', Jason and Janea Ebs of Jet Velocity, LJ Harness, Tim Molyneux, Nelson Sardelli, The Platters, The Ink Spots, Magician Tommy Wind, Comedian Bill Engvall, Chef Dominic Tedesco, Dr, Gadget, impressionist Gordie Brown, violin virtuoso Lydia Ansel, singers Zowie Bowie (Chris Phillips), Las Vegas Entertainment Ambassador Tony Sacca, Dean Martin tribute artist Tony Felicetta, Frank Sinatra tribute artist Peter Pavone, Robert DeNiro impersonator Robert Nash, Mayilyn Monroe tribute artist Janet Valentine, comedy hypnotist Anthony Cools, comedy magician Murray Sawchuck, his wife, Fantasy dancer Chloe Louise and sidekick, Doug "Lefty" Leferovich, magic act Jarrett and Raja, stand up comic Derek Richards, national TV/radio host and correspondent Stacey Gualandi, motivational speakers Scott Schilling and Marilyn Sherman, Prince Lorenzo Maria Raimondo De’Medici De’Gattis Da Martirano, Race car driver Taylor Burton, mixed martial artist Frank Mir, baseball great Roger Clemmons, former football pro Nat Moore among others.

Since 1998, 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. In the years since its inception, the NCMEC has recovered over 180,000 children, proving that these efforts have had a remarkable impact.