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The 16th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Benefit Fundraiser

The 16th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Benefit Fundraiser took place Wednesday 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.

John Walsh - Canon NCMEC 2015 65010
John Walsh
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

John Arnos - Canon NCMEC 2015 65021
John W. Arnos
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More than 50 celebrities were also in attendance to show their support for this worthy cause including music icon Alice Cooper; actor Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement); actors Michael Pena (Gangster Squad, American Hustle and Fury);  John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Family Feud); 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 NFL player Eddie Payton, celebrity magician Murray SawChuck and his wife/stage assistant and Fantasy dancer Chloe Louise Crawford; singer/actor/dancer Adrian Zmed; legendary impressionist Rich Little;  singer Nelson Sardelli; actor Frankie Muniz; Jabbawockeez, Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel; singer/dancer Eric Jordan Young; the hunky men from Thunder From Down Under; entertainer and TV host Tony Sacca and many more.

Alice Cooper and son Dash Cooper - Canon NCMEC 2015 64938
Alice Cooper and son Dash Cooper
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Chris McDonald - Canon NCMEC 2015 64931
Chris McDonald
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Chris Rich - Canon NCMEC 2015 64960
Chris Rich
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Danny Latham - Canon NCMEC 2015 64998
Danny Latham
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Dr Gadget - Canon NCMEC 2015 64975
Dr. Gadget
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Frankie Muniz - Canon NCMEC 2015 64955
Frankie Muniz
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Eric Jordan Young - Canon NCMEC 2015 64916
Eric Jordan Young
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Frederic da Silva - Canon NCMEC 2015 64952
Frederic da Silva
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Gabriella Rose Lamboy John Payne - Canon NCMEC 2015 65000
Gabriella Rose Lamboy and John Payne
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Jabbawockeez - Canon NCMEC 2015 64967
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Jason Ebs Janea Ebs - Canon NCMEC 2015 64962
Jason and Janea Ebs
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JD Scott - Canon NCMEC 2015 64905
JD Scott
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Joe Regalbuto - Canon NCMEC 2015 64939
Joe Regalbuto
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Kurt Bevacqua - Canon NCMEC 2015 64928
Kurt Bevacqua
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Lydia Ansel Chris Phillips - Canon NCMEC 2015 64985
Lydia Ansel and Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie
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Lyssa Lynne Adrian Zmed - Canon NCMEC 2015 64992
Lyssa Lynne and Adrian Zmed
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Minnie Foxx - Canon NCMEC 2015 64945
Minnie Foxx
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Murray Sawchuck Chloe Louise Crawford - Canon NCMEC 2015 64911
Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Louise Crawford
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Nat Moore - Canon NCMEC 2015 64959
Nat Moore
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Nelson Sardelli - Canon NCMEC 2015 64949
Nelson Sardelli
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Paula Trickey - Canon NCMEC 2015 64978
Paula Trickey
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Phillip Friedman - Canon NCMEC 2015 64918
Phillip Friedman
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Richard Burgi - Canon NCMEC 2015 64941
Richard Burgi
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Rich Little - Canon NCMEC 2015 64915
Rich Little
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Robert Hays - Canon NCMEC 2015 64977
Robert Hays
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Roger Clemens - Canon NCMEC 2015 64997
Roger Clemens
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The Platters - Canon NCMEC 2015 64922
The Platters
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Thunder From Down Under - Canon NCMEC 2015 64953
Thunder From Down Under
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Tommy John - Canon NCMEC 2015 64926
Tommy John
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Tommy Wind - Canon NCMEC 2015 64968
Tommy Wind
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Tony Sacca - Canon NCMEC 2015 64956
Tony Sacca
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Wally Fingers - Canon NCMEC 2015 64929
Wally Fingers
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The gala event included a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring artwork, electronics, and other valuable items, followed by a fabulous gourmet style, buffet dinner, a live auction where winning bidders were lucky to claim prizes such as a 17 night luxury cruise to Europe; a guitar owned and autographed by Alice Cooper;  a Yankee Stadium Suite Experience for 22 people including food; a  7 night Hawaiian   vacation that included three nights at the Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai and 4 nights at the Fairmount Orchid on the big island of Oahu.  To top off the festivities, the evening's entertainment was provided by singer/showman Frankie Mareno, who recently ended his long run as headliner at the Stratosphere and a surprise performance by Zowie Bowie's Chris Phillips.

Auction Items - Canon NCMEC 2015 65013
Auction Items
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Auction items - Canon NCMEC 2015 65014
Auction Items
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Auction Items - Canon NCMEC 2015 65017
Auction Items
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Alice Cooper with winners - Canon NCMEC 2015 65070
Alice Cooper with signed guitars auction winners
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Frankie Moreno - Canon NCMEC 2015 65078
Frankie Moreno
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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 16th Annual Canon Customer Appreciation Reception/fundraiser and the following morning's NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament raised over $385,597 at the events, which will directly benefit the organization's mission of finding returning mission children and the prevention of child abduction and exploitation.

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

THE BIG APPLE COASTER AT NEW YORK NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO is offering 2-FOR-1 PASSES to ride the coaster to Clark County School District students who bring in their most recent report cards showing straight A’s.  The offer is valid for one-time use only January – August 2015. Guests must be at least 54 inches tall to ride.

TREVI Italian Restaurant, located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, has been named “BEST OF WEDDINGS” by The Knot Magazine for 2015. TREVI features an array of customizable options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other special occasions.

SCHOOL OF ROCK LAS VEGAS WEST at 9340 W. Flamingo Rd. #117 and the newly minted SCHOOL OF ROCK GREEN VALLEY at 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #470), School of Rock is bringing more practical musical opportunities to local youth than the Valley has ever seen.  Kicking off 2015 with a DOZEN THEMED CONCERTS taking place throughout January at House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay, locals are invited to witness the positive and dynamic ways in which School of Rock heightens the well-being, healthy growth and creative expression of young people today.

With three seasons annually, the students at School of Rock Las Vegas West are hosting this Winter Concert Series to mark the end of their current season.  In addition to simply enjoying the best talent of the season, the concerts serve as an ideal opportunity for prospective students and families to see what School of Rock is all about.  With School of Rock Green Valley not even one month old yet, local youth with an interest in music are encouraged to check out the concerts and stop by the new school for a complimentary trial lesson. Tickets are available per person, per show and can be purchased in advance at either school for $10 or at the door for $12.

BELLAGIO GALERY OF FINE ART (BGFA) combines the best of both worlds with “ART & WINE: A PERFECT PAIRING” on the second Wednesday of each month. The event pairs wines from Bellagio’s cellar with artwork featured in the gallery’s new exhibition “FABERGE REVEALED.” Highlighting the program is the interactive conversation about wine and art, blending the expertise of Jason Smith, Bellagio’s director of wine and Master Sommelier, with the knowledge of Tarissa Tiberti, BGFA executive director. “Art & Wine” dates and time for the “Fabergé Revealed” exhibit are: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m each day.  Tickets for “Art & Wine” are $34 for BGFA members and $42 for non-members and are available at BGFA.

THE NATIONAL ATOMIC MUSEUM is proud to announce BILL YENNE, author of "BLACK JETS OF AREA 51" as the first Distinguished Lecture of 2015.  Bill Yenne is the author of three dozen works of biography and historical nonfiction.  As Bill notes, Area 51's history did not end with the Cold War.  Experimental and unusual airplanes are still flying out there today, airplanes that may be revealed next week, next year or never! This is the essence of the tantalizing, ongoing mystery of Area 51.  Come to the Museum's Distinguished Lecture Friday, January 16 to hear Bill's latest engaging profile of one of America's most important and clandestine military sites, just an hour away from Las Vegas. A Meet & Greet (with book signing) will be held at 6 p.m. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.  This lecture is FREE for Museum members, $10 for Students, $20 for non-members. Buy a membership and enjoy a year's worth of benefits.  RSVP to 702-794-5151.

Iconic rocker JON ANDERSON has CANCELED HIS PEFORMANCE scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at BOULDER STATION, due to laryngitis. Tickets purchased for the Jan. 17 performance will be refunded at the original point of purchase. Guests who purchased tickets online or via phone will automatically be refunded. The canceled show will be rescheduled at a future date.

JUBILEE, at Bally’s Las Vegas, the longest-running show on the famous Las Vegas Strip and the last remaining showgirl production of its kind, is holding AUDITIONS FOR FEMALE AND MALE DANCERS AND SINGERS at the Jubilee Theater, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.  Male and female dancers must have strong jazz, ballet and contemporary technique. All female dancers, singers and showgirls must be 5 feet 8 inches and taller and all male dancers and singers must be 5 feet 11 inches and taller. Also looking for singers who sing a variety of genres including Motown, R&B and/or pop. Singers and dancers are encouraged to bring their headshot and resume to the audition. Must be 18 years of age or older.  Auditions will be held at the following times:  Male Dancers: 10 a.m.; Female Dancers and Showgirls: Noon; Male and Female Singers: 2 p.m. Callbacks: 4 p.m.

January is NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH  and the cast of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL at V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino invite the public to donate during an event on Friday, Jan. 23. United Blood Services will have donor-equipped vans at Cosmic Comics, located at 3830 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121, from 3 - 7 p.m. All donors will receive a free pair of tickets to Evil Dead: The Musical and a comic book from MaximuM Comics.

FRANK –THE MAN, THE MUSIC” , honoring the life and music of Frank Sinatra, will open at The Palazzo Theatre, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The show stars Bob Anderson and features a 32-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Vincent Falcone. Bob Anderson, a revered singing impressionist, is transformed into Sinatra with the help of Oscar®-nominated makeup artist Kazu Tsuji, who aged Brad Pitt in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Tickets are now on sale.

REMEDY'S at Conestoga hosts the party of the year with their annual HILLBILLY BALL on Saturday, Jan. 24. Billy Bobs and Peggy Sues can enjoy Guests can also enjoy a variety of theme-inspired snacks and drink specials including Pabst Blue Ribbon beer for $2 a can.  All guests are encouraged to grab their overalls, rock their a-shirts, don their trucker hats and embrace their inner redneck in the costume contest. The down-home party begins at 8 p.m.  There is no cover for the party, however all guests at Remedy’s must be over 21 valid ID.  Remedy’s Hillbilly Ball is at the Conestoga location only at 530 Conestoga Way in Henderson, just off the I-95 at the intersection of Wagon Wheel and Nevada State Drive.

HOUSE OF BLUES LAS VEGAS INSIDE MANDALAY BAY RESORT & CASINO will celebrate THE BIG GAME at both Crossroads Restaurant & Bar and Foundation Room venues with drink and food specials and special viewing areas. Both events take place on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.

COMMONWEALTH- the popular downtown cocktail bar will team up with CUPID'S UNDIE RUN, a mile-long run to benefit the CHILDEN'S TUMOR FOUNDATION, starting at noon on Saturday, Feb. 14.Cupid’s Undie Run has recently expanded to 38 cities across the United States and Australia, and will arrive in Las Vegas for the first time in 2015. Commonwealth will serve as the starting and finishing point for the race, hosting more than 400 underwear-clad runners for an afternoon of fitness and Valentine’s Day festivities. Participants may enjoy both pre and post-race cocktails at Commonwealth, and will be able to use the venue to store any articles of clothing not needed for the run. Tickets for Cupid’s Undie Run are available for advance purchase and are priced at $35 now through Jan. 16, $40 from Jan. 17 through Jan. 30, and $50 from Jan. 31 through Feb. 14. Proceeds from ticket sales and fundraising will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing relief for those suffering from neurofibromatosis (NF).

Celebrity sightings:

Thursday, Jan. 8...

Wyclef Jean treated club goers to a special performance during the Official Heads Audio party at TAO Nightclub for Worship Thursdays. After showcasing a medley of songs, he was joined on stage by DJ Khaled and together they wowed the crowd with a join performance of “All I Do Is Win”.

Wyclef Jean DJ Khaled TAO red carpet
Wyclef Jean and DJ Khaled
Photo credit: Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery

Spotted taking in the scene were Blake Bortles, Zane Beadles and the offensive line of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Earlier in the night both Wyclef and Khaled were each seen at separate tables inside the restaurant. Vernon Davis, tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, was also spotted dinning with friends.

Wednesday night, Jan. 7...

Will.I.Am was spotted at LAVO. The rapper and songwriter took in the scene with Luke Wood, president of Beats by Dre, as Cash Cash DJ’d a special set at a CES party for Gawker.

Internet personality iJustine also dined at LAVO.

Nick Cannon enjoyed dinner at TAO Asian Bistro.

Tuesday night, Jan. 6...

Former NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal was spotted at Strip House inside Planet Hollywood.

Brothers Joe and Nick Jonas and a close group of friends dined at the Mediterranean restaurant Cleo, enjoying their meal in an intimate private dining room.

Also spotted on property was actor Jack Black and his band Tenacious D at The Sayers Club. Slash, former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, was spotted enjoying the performance.
After the show, Slash and Jack Black grabbed a late night bite at The Griddle Cafe together. This was Slash’s second visit to The Griddle Cafe of the day -- earlier that morning, he and his friends enjoyed “Slash’s World on Fire” scramble, an original Griddle dish named for the rocker that includes caramelized red onions, grilled jalapeños, jack cheese and savory chicken chorizo filled scrambled egg whites.

Monday, Jan. 5...

Actor and former mixed martial artist Randy Couture and singer and former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice”, Michael Austin, were spotted at Blue Man Group in Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

1.5.15  Randy Couture and Michael Austin at Blue Man Group Las Vegas in Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
Randy Couture (L) and Michael Austin (R)
Photo courtesy of Blue Man Group

Joe and Nick Jonas, were spotted at  SLS Las Vegas. The two were seen browsing at Fred Segal before making their way to The Perq where Nick, who recent launched his solo career, was joined by girlfriend and former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, for a coffee date.

Mark Cuban was at Marquee Mondays where he helped to launch Cyber Dust’s partnership with Marquee for their new in-venue wi-fi. The tech entrepreneur and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks addressed the Marquee staff prior to opening and then enjoyed a night in the club, joining DJ Chuckie in the booth.

Mark Cuban and DJ Chuckie at Marquee2
Mark Cuban and DJ Chuckie
Photo credit: Karl Larson

Saturday, Jan. 3...

UFC fighter Jon “Bones” Jones celebrated a victorious evening at Hakkasan Nightclub after defeating opponent Daniel Cormier to defend his Light Heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  Jones and friends were seen sipping cocktails and talking with fellow clubgoers as Hakkasan regular Afrojack took to the DJ booth with fan-favorite hits.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was spotted at TAO Nightclub. Joined by a group of friends the world-champion boxer took in the sounds of DJ Eric D-Lux from a VIP table.

Friday night, Jan. 2...

Rap artist, Drake and nearly 20 friends dined at LAVO.













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