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Ambassador Canon's Sponsorship Of Midwest PBA Open To Benefit Make-A-Wish-Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Sponsorship of Pro-Am Bowling Tournament by Canon U.S.A. Subsidiary

Helps Fulfill Special Wishes of Children Battling Life-Threatening Illnesses

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambassador Business Solutions, an Illinois-based subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois today announced that Ambassador will host the 1999 Ambassador Canon -- Midwest Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Open to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the favorite wishes of children battling life-threatening illness.

The Ambassador Canon -- Midwest PBA Open will be held on July 17-18, 1999 at the Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and will include a Pro- Am Tournament as the primary fundraising activity, offering amateur bowlers the opportunity to engage in matches with senior professional bowlers on this scheduled PBA tour stop.

The event is the latest in a series of Ambassador Canon initiatives to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois. Over the past few years, Ambassador Canon has supported Make-A-Wish fundraisers through event sponsorships and by producing fundraising materials, including color posters of Chicago area children whose wishes have been fulfilled. Ambassador also donated a Canon NP6551 copier to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1998, to enable the organization to reproduce large volumes of printed material.

"We are very pleased to lend our efforts to supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation as title sponsor of the Ambassador Canon -- Midwest PBA Open," remarked Emily Reynolds, president of Ambassador Business Solutions. "We have the greatest admiration for the work of this remarkable organization in bringing a measure of happiness to children living battling life-threatening illnesses."

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois is honored to be the beneficiary of the 1999 Ambassador Canon -- Midwest PBA Open's Pro-Am Tournament," said Pam Devereux, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois. Our Foundation is supported in large measure by partnerships with companies committed to their employees and the communities they serve. We would like to thank Ambassador Business Solutions and Canon USA for helping us fulfill wishes for children battling life- threatening illnesses. Together, we will create memories that will last forever."

Poplar Creek Bowl has donated use of its facility for the Ambassador Canon -- Midwest PBA Open in support of the Make-A-Wish fundraiser, according to Lorrie Nichols, manager of Poplar Creek Bowl. The event, which is open to qualified senior professional bowlers, begins at 9 a.m. on July 17 and continues on July 18 at 10 a.m. Amateur bowlers may register for the Pro-Am Tournament, with games scheduled for July 17 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., by contacting Ms. Nichols at 847-310-9585.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois is dedicated to fulfilling the favorite wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are battling life-threatening illnesses. It is the oldest and largest wish granting organization in the world. Founded in 1985, the Northern Illinois chapter has fulfilled the wishes of more than 2,500 children in the 24 northern-most counties in Illinois.

Ambassador Business Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. with offices in Chicago, Schaumburg, Downers Grove, and Crestwood, Illinois. Ambassador provides a wide range of Canon office technology solutions and facilities management services, including mailroom staffing, technology operations, and on-site management.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions and, through its parent company, Canon Inc., is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies. The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital and analog copiers (color and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems, and facsimile machines; camcorders, cameras and lenses; and semiconductor, broadcast and medical equipment. Canon employs 12,000 people at more than 30 facilities throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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