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Panasonic Marks its 100th Anniversary with $100,000 Donation to CTA Foundation

Arlington, VA – March 20, 2018 – 
Panasonic has committed to a donation of $100,000 to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation in honor of the 100th anniversary of Panasonic's founding and on behalf of all of its customers, CTA announced today. The CTA Foundation will use this funding to promote technology education, research and support for organizations to improve the lives of older adults and people with disabilities.

   "For our 100th anniversary we considered what we could give our customers in recognition of their support over the years," said Tom Gebhardt, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America. "Making a donation to the CTA Foundation on their behalf is a way to support important communities that need help, and it aligns with Panasonic's committed belief in the power of technology to move us all forward toward a better life and a better world. Panasonic has been a leader in the development of technologies to improve accessibility to communications and other technologies for older adults and to enable more independent living for all."

    "We are incredibly grateful to Panasonic for their generous support of our mission," said Gary Shapiro, president & CEO, CTA. "Technology is an important tool in enabling older adults and people with disabilities to live healthier, more independent and socially-connected lives - from better access to medical professionals and health-related services to staying in closer touch with loved ones. Panasonic's commitment to the CTA Foundation is yet another example of how the technology industry is focused on changing our lives for the better."

    "Panasonic's support of the CTA Foundation will go directly toward supporting programs and technology that improve lives and build a better world," said Steve Ewell, executive director, CTA Foundation. "Since we launched in 2012, the CTA Foundation has funded programs that have benefitted tens of thousands of people - and this gift will help us bring the benefits of technology to even more people in the years to come."

   In January at CES® 2018 - the global stage for innovation - the CTA Foundation's Eureka Park Accessibility Contest recognized five startups based on their products' potential to positively impact older adults and people with disabilities. To learn more about the winners or the CTA Foundation, visit CTA.tech.
                                                                       
CTA Foundation:
The CTA Foundation, a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), was launched in 2012 with the mission to connect seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. For more information visit CTAFoundation.tech.

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