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Who Will Help the Estimated 39 Million Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in America?

Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2008

A year ago Diane Cranley’s world was turned upside down when her youngest daughter confided to her that she was being sexually abused. Cranley began her search for additional victims of her daughter’s perpetrator and found others he had abused and others he was grooming.

Caught up in the midst of a legal battle, Cranley made a courageous decision. Rather than becoming a forgotten statistic, Cranley created the non-profit corporation TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids. The organization was formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

“I chose this focus because more than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers,” said Cranley. “This means fewer than 10 percent of abusers are strangers.”

TAALK’s vision is to inspire community coalitions to accept responsibility for educating their residents on how to better protect the children in their community from child sexual abuse.

Its TAALK Today awareness program includes a top down media campaign as well as a grass roots network of members who are committed to spreading the word about the child sexual abuse epidemic. Members personally invite their family, friends and acquaintances to join the movement. The focus of this awareness program is to make child sexual abuse and its prevention an acceptable topic of every day discussion. The program also encourages the public to take action to protect children.

On January 18, 2008, TAALK launched its new website, http://www.taalk.org. In addition to the TAALK Today awareness program and primary prevention education, TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides prevention program consulting to youth serving organizations. The website is filled with valuable information to help individuals, organizations and communities prevent child sexual abuse.

“TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse,” said Cranley. “We want to shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that ‘There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.’ Our efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children.”

According to the American Psychological Association, “Accurate statistics on the prevalence of child and adolescent sexual abuse are difficult to collect because of problems of underreporting and the lack of one definition of what constitutes such abuse. However, there is general agreement among mental health and child protection professionals that child sexual abuse is not uncommon and is a serious problem in the United States.”

For additional information on preventing child sexual abuse, contact Diane Cranley or visit http://www.taalk.org.

About TAALK:

TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a non-profit corporation formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

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John Walsh Partners with CA, Inc. to Help Keep America Safe Online : Victim Advocate and Television Crime Fighter Teams with Global Software Company to Raise Awareness about the Danger of Cyber crime and Online Predators

ISLANDIA, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 24, 2008

“John Walsh is a great match for CA’s Internet security businessboth have a tenacious drive to protect consumers on- and off-line,” said George Kafkarkou, senior vice president and general manager, Internet Security Business Unit for CA. “Together we’ll raise awareness of protecting consumers of all ages against the increasingly sophisticated and organized world of cyber crime.”

“I am honored to team with CA’s Internet Security business, a group whose products and vision reflect a strong commitment to protecting consumers and stopping cyber criminals dead in their tracks,” said John Walsh. “CA’s campaign addresses the most crucial issue our society faces in a Web 2.0 world; protecting our loved ones from the cyber creeps. I look forward to working with CA to promote consumer awareness and keeping predators and fraudsters away from our children and families.”

CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2009 is currently available at http://shop.ca.com and from CA resellers, including major retail outlets, nationwide.

About John Walsh

John Walsh is internationally recognized as the host of TV’s “America’s Most Wanted;” the groundbreaking television program that has helped take down more than 1,040 dangerous fugitives during the past 21 years. John Walsh has dedicated his life to fighting for justiceincluding his proudest achievementprotecting the nation’s children. John and his wife, Rev

Honoring National Missing Childrens Day 28th Year, Wave Technology Group and Child Watch of North America launch free iPhone Photo ID Card App

Chicago, IL/Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 25, 2011

Wave Technology Group and Child Watch of North America are proud to launch a free iPhone mobile application today, on National Missing Childrens Day. Mayday is a must have family safety application for the iPhone to assist you in the unfortunate event your loved one goes missing. The application provides functionality to enhance family preparedness in the event a family member is displaced.

The Mayday application is distributed free of charge and has an electronic identification card which is displayed on your iPhone along with information about your child or other family member which may be important to emergency management services in the event they are engaged. An additional feature of the Mayday application is that you may email the electronic id with a simple touch of a button and an email address.

Sam Cinquegrani, CEO and founder, Wave Technology Group states: “I am very excited about the opportunity of creating an application that makes children safe and promotes family safety preparedness. Every day more than 2300 people including children go missing. Our goal is to leverage mobile technology to make a difference in this chronic problem and safeguard families susceptible to this unfortunate situation. We are already working on the Android and other smartphone releases of Mayday.”

The Wave Technology Group and Child Watch alliance is a natural fit. Statistics show that once a child has gone missing, it is the first three hours that are the most critical for successful rescue. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has stated that a current photo is the single most important tool in the rescue of a missing child.

The combination of Wave Technology Groups experience building mobile technology applications and Child Watch of North Americas experience in the area of assisting parents with safety preparedness, it is our joint mission to provide technology tools to help families better engage in creating family safety protocols to ensure the safety of their loved ones. With mobile technology making everyone in the family more independent but also connected, it is our belief families creating a Mayday Family Safety Mobile Plan will enhance both guardians and law enforcements ability to deal with missing children or persons in an expedited fashion.

Don Wood, Founder, Child Watch of North America: “For over 19 years we have been assisting parents to protect their children through the distribution of our KIDGUARD Safety Program and provided millions of free print Photo ID cards all across the United States and to over 40 countries around the world. Today we are very proud, through the Mayday Alliance with Wave Technology Group, to offer the smartphone generation photo ID. The staff and management at Wave Technology Group have really understood the importance behind updating photo identification creation and provided the technology and expertise to make this a reality, we cant thank them enough. Now parents can have an electronic photo ID on their iPhone which provides more options in times of emergencies by being able to update identification cards with current photos instantly or email to law enforcement or caregivers as well as to a computer nearby to print for posters during a search. Time is the most crucial resource when a child or person goes missing. Parents are always looking for ways to protect their children. The free Mayday app will be an essential tool in the search and rescue process.”

Mayday is for all family members as mishaps or criminal foul play does not discriminate. Mayday digital Photo IDs can assist families with repeat runaway juveniles, relatives who suffer memory loss from dementia or from other mental disorders/illnesses.

About The Mayday Alliance Founders:

Wave Technology Group: “Setting the motion in mobile life”

Wave Technology Group is a mobile solutions firm focused on transforming life through technology innovations. Wave Technology Group designs, develops and deploys custom software solutions and products for the mobile user community. Wave Technology inherits its capabilities from many years of experience building large complex systems for the enterprise. Wave Technology Group has developed a focus in creating applications that change our lives using the mobile platform as an instrument for change. Wave Technology Group is currently designing and developing systems within the mobile health arena and will be delivering monitoring capabilities to the public, using mass technology and bringing down costly barriers to achieve quality healthcare for all. http://www.wavetechnologygroup.net

Child Watch of North America: Keeping our children safe since 1993

Child Watch of North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children. Since 1993, Child Watch Investigators have assisted in the recovery of over 215 missing children. We work with local and national law enforcement agencies and have been recognized as a critical resource in the recovery effort. Child Watch has always believed that education is an essential element in keeping our children safe. Providing awareness and safety education to children, teens, pre-teens, and parents is the foundation for our goal to prevent abductions and victimization. http://www.childwatch.org

Press Contact for Mayday Alliance Founders:

Wave Technology Group / Child Watch of North America

Jennifer Massing, Massing PR, LLC, +917-293-2405, jenm(at)massingpr(dot)com,



San Francisco Bay Area Tax Attorney Releases “Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies In America” Guide for Non Resident Aliens

(PRWEB) August 30, 2011

Silicon Valley estate planning and probate lawyer Janet Brewer has released a new guide, “Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies In America.” The free 14 page guide is available at calprobate.com/NRA.

If you are a non-citizen putting a title in your name, it makes sense to have a qualified advisor help you avoid tax traps, says Brewer. Otherwise, if something were to happen, you would only be entitled to a $ 60,000 exemption from U.S. gift and estate taxes. Non-resident aliens (NRAs) pay a much higher rate of gift and estate taxes than U.S. citizens. The good news is that with a smart investment in good counsel, you can protect both your loved ones and your assets.

Real-World Examples Illustrate Key International Estate Planning Issues

Brewer gives examples of nonresident aliens from several countries to illustrate key questions, issues and choices such families often face. The examples are made up, she explains, but if your situation is anything like those in my examples, you need the help of an experienced international estate planning attorney.

Example #1: The Sasakis Learn the Risks of Online Legal Forms: If something happened to Emiko and Dai Sasaki of Tokyo, their son Hiro, a student at Stanford, could face a tax bill of $ 143,000. Learn how Dai hires an attorney and creates a tax-saving plan.

Example #2: The Francos Coordinate Estate Planning Between Countries: Genevieve Franco of Paris studies at USF and lives in the Francos’ second home in Burlingame. Learn why the Francos urgently need an attorney’s help to coordinate estate planning between the U.S. and France.

Example #3: The Laus Benefit From Proper Healthcare Authorizations: Kim Lau of Hong Kong, a student at California University of Management and Technology, gets injured one day. Learn which documents on file authorize his doctors to share health information with his parents.

Example #4: The Patels Fire Their Prepaid Legal Plan: The Patels of Bangalore, whose daughter Kali is entering Menlo College, try a prepaid legal plan for international estate planning. Learn why they soon switch to working with a highly regarded attorney instead.

Example #5: The Vogels Pass On Both Values and Valuables: Peter Vogel of Frankfurt owns a Pacific Heights home. Learn how he structures his estate plan to express his values to his daughter Iris, who is entering law school at Hastings, and to future grandchildren.

Trend: More NRAs Purchasing in College Areas

The United States has long been a desirable place to own property. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors as part of its 2011 Profile of International Home Buying Activity found that the number of foreign exchange students at U.S. colleges and universities has increased the demand for real estate by foreign buyers. Many foreign families purchase U.S. properties in college areas so their child has a place to live and to take advantage of what appears to be a buyers market.

Why Putting Off Estate Planning Is Especially Risky for NRAs

Some people consider it bad luck to discuss death, acknowledges Brewer. But its important to set aside our emotions and consider a key fact: Federal estate and gift tax laws impose onerous restrictions on non-citizens – even if you have a green card. Consider:

Outright gifts during your lifetime to a non-U.S. citizen spouse including making him or her joint owner of certain assets can trigger gift tax problems immediately.

A non-resident non-citizen with no green card who bought a $ 1.5 million house with cash, intending to leave it to one of his children through a will or trust could trigger an estate tax of $ 495,000. With advice from the right expert, she could avoid that tax bill.

Likewise, gifts at death to a non-citizen spouse may not qualify for the unlimited marital deduction. Your unsuspecting widow or widower may be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes shortly after your death.

If an investor buys a $ 1.5 million property in U.S. and dies owning it without ever having put it in a trust, the probate cost alone could be as much as $ 28,000. If that investor also happens to be a non-resident alien, the estate taxes could be $ 495,000.

The takeaway: Even if your estate is modest, the tax effects of poor planning on NRAs can be devastating.

Series of Guides Cover a Range of Perspectives

The guide released today is one in a series of estate planning and asset protection guides offered by Brewer at calprobate.com/resources:

Choosing Your Bay Area Estate Planning Attorney: 6 Point Checklist, 4 Examples, 15 FAQs, Typical Fees, and More (June 2011)

U.S. Gift Tax and Estate Tax Planning for Non-Residents and Non-Citizens (Feb 2011)

Year End Tax Law Update for Bay Area Families (2010)

Tax Law Update for San Francisco Bay Area CPAs Serving High Net Worth Clients (2010)

How to Choose Your Trustee in California (2010)

Brewer also publishes each week at the California Probate, Trusts, and Estate Law Blog and posts tips and links on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Those on Brewer’s mailing list get the earliest notice about new resources when they come available.

Examining Your Options Now

In my 20+ years as an estate planning attorney, I’ve found that most families and perhaps especially nonresident aliens (NRAs) want straight talk when it comes to legal and financial matters, Brewer says. Too many parents of children studying in America fly in the dark when it comes to securing their loved ones financial future. I have heard so many heart breaking stories of families having to pay dearly during painful times because they lacked an adequate estate plan. My team and I can set up documentation, write any complex agreements, and take other steps to help protect families. But only you can take the very first step: examining your options now.

About the Law Offices of Janet L. Brewer

If you’re like most people, you don’t want to think about what might happen to your loved ones after you’re gone — or to you if you were to become disabled. But for lasting peace of mind, effective estate planning is a necessity. It involves asking, What is truly important to me? Who should care for my minor children? How much money is “enough” to leave to my family? What should be my financial legacy?

We help guide you in addressing these issues, with legal services for wills, trusts & estates. We specialize in:

International estate planning for non resident aliens
Probate services for those in the Silicon Valley area
Asset protection for Bay Area families
California estate planning
Fiduciary counseling and estate administration

Ensure you get a responsive, straight-forward approach to estate planning from an experienced estate planning professional. Janet Brewer is a Palo Alto probate, trusts, and estate planning attorney with an advanced degree in tax law. She has practiced California estate planning, advanced gift-planning, and California probate law exclusively since 1991, and is Certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Learn more at calprobate.com or call (650) 325-8276.

Serving Palo Alto, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Belmont, San Carlos, San Mateo, Burlingame, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Campbell, San Jose, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, San Francisco County, Santa Cruz County, and Silicon Valley.


e-Cycle to Donate $1 to JDRF for Every Mobile Phone Recycled in Celebration of America Recycles Day and American Diabetes Month

Hilliard, OH (PRWEB) November 03, 2011

Wireless mobile buyback and recycling company e-Cycle LLC is launching an e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes campaign and will donate $ 1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for every mobile phone sold or recycled from Nov. 14 through the 23.

e-Cycle CEO,Chris Irion, said the goal of the promotion is to help raise awareness and support for two causes that are close to his heartAmerica Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and American Diabetes Month (November). Irion said that he hopes the campaign will encourage organizations to recycle their used mobile devices responsibly in November and also help support a critical research fund dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating disease.

As a father with a child suffering with Childhood Diabetes, I know first hand the difficult challenges that families face in fighting a deadly and life-changing disease, while also trying to maintain a normal and healthy family life, Irion said. e-Cycle was founded on three principals: a love of technology, environmental protection, and charitable giving. Our e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion touches all three of our passions and I hope businesses will join us in our cause.

How the e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion works:


Prevent Blindness America Urges Holiday Shoppers to Keep Safe Toys and Gifts at the Top of Their List This Year

Chicago (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

Thanks to online sales and some retailers starting the holiday shopping season earlier every year, many gift-givers have already begun to purchase items to get a jump-start on their lists. But sometimes, the best deal may not be the safest. Prevent Blindness America, the nations oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, wants everyone to make sure that all gifts purchased, especially for children, are safe.

In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 251,700 toy-related injuries. And, 72 percent of those injuries were to those under the age of 15.

In order to spend the holidays with family and friends, instead of in the emergency room, we must be diligent in making sure our children are protected, said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. We all need to make a conscious effort to think about the gifts we are buying to make sure they are appropriate for every childs age and development level.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month in an effort to help adults make the best decisions on how to keep the holiday season joyful for everyone. The group is offering toy-buying and gift-giving tips to all those planning to purchase a gift for a child this year.

CTS North America and Esprida Corporation Demo Card Personalization and Issuing at BAI

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) November 13, 2007

CTS North America is demonstrating its CPS integrated card personalization and issuing system here at BAI in Booth #1845 along with Esprida Corporation, which is providing its remote management software. CTS and Esprida are also jointly demonstrating the same capabilities this week at the CARTES & IDentification 2007 Expo in Paris.

The CPS card personalization system prints, embosses, indents and encodes credit, debit, loyalty and identification cards on demand in a single station.

“The CPS line from CTS is the leading embossing and printing personalization system and the only technology that is high enough in quality to be acceptable for full financial card personalization,” said Alex Trombetta, CTS North America CEO. “The demo exhibits the true power of the Esprida-enabled CPS.”

Esprida Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) affords easy integration with back-end systems to make instant issuance possible for multiple types of cards – credit, debit, loyalty, I.D. and stored value. In a managed environment, users of the Esprida platform can quickly deploy CPS devices, ensure increased uptime, perform remote diagnostics and remediation and manage card personalization content. Customers benefit from a Web-based user interface to target relevant messaging, customize business rules, generate reports and analytics, integrate multiple systems and use real-time data.

“The alliance between CTS and Esprida combines our platform with their device features, to leverage the capabilities of both our companies and establish new standards for the financial services industry,” said Anila Jobanputra, president of Esprida. “I am pleased to demonstrate this technology in the CTS booth at BAI.”

About Esprida Corporation

Esprida is an innovator in the development of device management solutions. Esprida offers an enterprise solution that enables businesses to manage and control networks of devices in diverse locations from a Web browser. Esprida Enterprise delivers device-generated intelligence and device-oriented analytics to maximize availability, enhance the user experience, increase revenue and transform business strategies and operations. Esprida Corporation is a privately held company with offices in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.esprida.com

About CTS

CTS is a private industrial group consisting of four companies: CTS Electronics; CTS Cashpro; CTS Manufacturing and CTS North America. Founded in 1980, CTS is the leading manufacturer of cash and check solutions for tellers, back offices, self-service systems and retail point-of-sale counters. CTS has installed more than 1,000,000 banking peripherals and over 100,000 scanners at end user locations across five continents.

CTS is uniquely positioned in the banking automation industry and is ready to support the worldwide growing demand for banking solutions. The extensive CTS catalog includes Document Processing Devices (Scanners, Readers, Encoders), Card Personalization Printers, OEM Modules and Dispensers, Cash Recycling, Coin Recycling and Processing Systems.

For further information call 781-685-4999, email sales @ ctsna.com or visit http://www.ctsna.com.

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EDITORS – For further information contact:

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CTS North America


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Soucy Communications

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Anubha Parray

Esprida Corporation


marketing @ esprida.com

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Trafficking In America Task Force presents, Creating a Culture Free of Slavery, 2013 National Conference, May 23-25, Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

For the past two years the Trafficking In America Conference has focused on human trafficking 101 with speakers presenting on the basics of human trafficking. This years topics will delve into some of the dark sides that people generally don’t discuss, and youll hear from professionals working in other aspects of prevention such as the travel and tourism industry; the poverty connection; trafficking in the Military, fatherless homes, gang involvement, etc.

The Trafficking In America Conferences arent just an annual gathering of people that come and go. They are designed for the general public to become informed and educated by Experts and Authorities; to protect their at-risk youth, and to mobilize and engage people across America to help turn this horrendous crime of human trafficking around. The human trafficking conference team gives great thought to topics that will help make an impact in the lives of those that attend. The 2013 Anti Human Trafficking Conference offers a slate of expert Speakers this year that will address our attendees with the awareness and practical tools they need to make a difference and save lives.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry just behind drug trafficking with children accounting for roughly half of all victims-USA Today-1/22/2012

Unlike many of those working in anti-human trafficking, The Trafficking In America Conference has taken the stance since inception that Pimps and Johns need to be restored as well as victims (since so many are also victims of child sex abuse) so as to help prevent others from falling into the trap. Derek Williams, one of the presenters, a former pimp whose life has been transformed, is the founder of Back to The Streets, a ministry dedicated to educating youth about human trafficking from his perspective and prevent them from becoming involved. Just as we need to learn from survivors about their reality, we need to understand Pimps and Johns from theirs, said Yvonne Williams, Conference Speaker Coordinator.

Two of the conference Keynote Speakers are: Laura Lederer, JD, Demand Reduction and Frank Schaeffer, Living Ones Religions through Combating Human Trafficking. Other Speakers who are Experts and Authorities on Human Trafficking include: Linda Dixon: Department of Defense; Agent Greg Christopher, FBI; Debra Moser- Finney, EEOC and Labor Trafficking; Lynn Walsh: Fatherless Homes and Their Effects on Children; Saturday Joan Keddell: International Tourism Management Institute: Travel, Tourism and Trafficking; and, the Bishop, Understanding Gang Involvement in Human Trafficking, as well as survivors of Human Trafficking.

This years Human Trafficking Conference will feature a special Memorial Day Service to honor our Military around the world. A special guest from the Department of Defense will be on hand help with this event.

What is Human Trafficking?

Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. (courtesy of http://www.unodc.org)

About Trafficking in America Task Force

Trafficking in America Task Force is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization and has been working since 2004 to educate the American population about the reality of the sale of American women, men, and children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators, and that the forced labor trafficking of both adults and children is real in this country.

Our Vision is

To help eliminate the human trafficking of women, men and minor children in America, and to provide a culture for our children free of sexual exploitation and slavery, where people know and own their own intrinsic value.

Canon Solutions America Partners with The Morikami Museum and Gardens to Promote Japanese Culture

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., today announced an exciting partnership that will help introduce generations of Americans to an enduring Japanese art form.

“Wood Be Kindred Spirits,” an exhibit of Japanese kokeshi dolls from the collection of Robert J. Bob Brokop, will be on display at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL, from June 4 to September 15, 2013. The wood lathe-turned dolls originated in the 19th century near the hot spring areas in northern Japan. Prized for their simple shapes and whimsical child-like expressions, kokeshi dolls became popular among American tourists after World War II, when they came to be viewed as messengers of peace.

While the exhibit features one of the largest and never-before-seen collections of kokeshi in the United States, The Morikami lacked the funding to produce an exhibition catalog that would do justice to the treasured little figures. But then Canon stepped in.

Canon Solutions America had partnered with The Morikami on various past projects. Its involvement in this particular endeavor began with Brian Gallipeau, Senior Director, Service, Canon Solutions America, who also sits on The Morikamis Board of Trustees. Gallipeau immediately recognized the kokeshi exhibit not only as an opportunity for CSA to give back to the community, but also as a natural tie-in to Canons corporate philosophy, kyosei, defined as all people regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future.

At Canon, we have a proud, unwavering tradition to protect and preserve our most precious of resources the world we share, said Gallipeau. The kokeshi dolls with their message of peace and harmony and their own proud heritage exemplify the spirit of kyosei as they build a bridge across the lands and from the past to the future.

In what turned out to be a true end-to-end imaging story and truly in the spirit of kyosei Canon provided photographic equipment, along with design and print support for the “Wood Be Kindred Spirits” exhibition catalog.

Super Sharp Solution

Photographer Matthew Vought used Canon equipment, carefully selecting the EOS 5D Mark III with an EF50 2.5 macro lens to capture the fine detail of the exquisite wooden dolls. The EF 50 allowed me to get really close to the subject matter and produce super sharp images, said Vought. Its a humble lens but it punches way above its weight class. It was a real treat to use.

Vought photographed 50 different kokeshi from Bokops immense collection, meticulously posing, lighting and framing each individual doll to highlight the unique spirit and personality instilled within by the artisan who created it. In addition to the photos, the catalog contains a number of educational essays, including one by Alan Pate, the leading authority on Japanese dolls.

Digital Speed, Offset Quality

When it came time to print the catalog, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP digital color printing system emerged as the machine of choice. Boasting vibrant color output with an offset look and feel, the imagePRESS C7010VP brought the dolls to life, producing images that appeared lifelike on the page.

Just as important as the quality of the output was the systems speed of operation, a critical feature for The Morikami, which was already running behind due to the late start it got on the catalogs production. Fortunately, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP came to the rescue.

For a project like this, where deadlines are exceptionally tight, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP is the obvious choice, said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. Not only does it produce a beautiful glossy finish to the images, its ability to maintain a consistent speed of up to 4,500 images per hour gives you the confidence to take on the toughest of deadlines.

Much to the delight of Susanna Brooks, Curator of Japanese Art, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the “Wood Be Kindred Spirits” exhibition catalog was available in time for the exhibits opening on June 4th. For an organization that had resigned itself to not even having a catalog for this particular exhibit, the ability to accomplish the impossible and produce a top-notch catalog that would be ready for visitors to take home as a souvenir was quite a coup and quite a testament to Canons professionalism.

Because of the hard work of the Canon team, the catalog arrived in time for the opening, which was a wonderful and unexpected surprise, said Brooks. It just goes to show the professionalism of the people involved in this project.

The Wood Be Kindred Spirits exhibition catalog may be purchased in-person at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens or via its website at http://www.morikami.org.

About The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Floridas heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit http://www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.

About the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP

Designed to deliver the highest digital color quality, power through the toughest deadlines, and expand a commercial printers job mix, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP combines advanced digital color technology with world class Canon support. A high-volume printer, it produces vibrant, top-quality color output with an offset look and feel, all while maintaining a consistent speed of up to 4,500 images per hour – on any supported media.

The Canon imagePRESS C7010VP boasts class-leading image quality with 1,200 dpi resolution and 256 gradations per color, advanced toner technology, image control technologies, automatic real-time color calibration, gloss optimization technology, and precision printing thanks to active registration and automatic shrinkage compensation. Meanwhile, X-rite