Austin Tice is a Marine combat veteran, a seventh-generation Texan from Houston, a graduate of Georgetown University, and an award-winning journalist who has been unjustly detained in Syria since 2012. After seeing reports of the refugee crisis unfolding in Syria, Austin picked up his camera and headed straight to the front lines as a freelance reporter. He delivered important dispatches to The Washington Post and McClatchy before he was detained at a checkpoint near Damascus on August 14, 2012. Austin is currently the only U.S. journalist being held overseas, and after more than seven years, he has endured the longest detention of any U.S. journalist to date.

The National Press Club is partnering with restaurants to raise awareness about Austin’s case in a nation-wide NIGHT OUT FOR AUSTIN TICE on July 14, 2020. Restaurants in communities across the country are signing up to donate a portion of the proceeds from their July 14 service for Austin’s reward fund.

Austin needs our help, and there is a seat at the table for everyone who wants to make a difference. Own a restaurant and want to get involved? Pledge your support here. Want to take your friends to dinner for Night Out but don’t see a participating restaurant near you yet? Help us recruit your favorite local diner, cafe or bar. Together, we will bring Austin home.