WASHINGTON, April 24, 2019 – In April of 2018 the FBI offered a reward of $1 million for information leading to the safe return of Austin Tice, the award-winning journalist who was taken hostage in August of 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria. In an effort to intensify the search for Tice, the National Press Club, along with other Free Austin Tice Coalition partners, announced the “Night Out For Austin Tice” initiative – a national awareness and fundraising campaign to take place in restaurants across the country on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Thursday, May 2, 2019.
Participating restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds made at their establishments on May 2 to a fund aimed at doubling the FBI’s $1 million reward. Since the campaign’s launch at the end of last year, “Night Out For Austin Tice” has secured pledges from 60 restaurants in ten states and the District of Columbia. A complete list of participating restaurants can be found here: https://nightoutforaustin.com/participating-restaurants/
Austin is a journalist, a Houston native, an Eagle Scout, a Hoya, and a Marine – a list of qualifiers that help illustrate a life devoted to the service of others. Now in his time of need, those institutions that proudly count Austin as one of their own, have mobilized to #BringAustinHome and help raise awareness for #NightOutForAustinTice. In recent weeks the Washington Post devoted valuable advertising space to run both full page and half page print ads in support of Night Out, and will continue to run a series of digital ads through their online and mobile platforms. McClatchy is also running a series of digital ads in several key U.S. markets. Students from Austin’s alma mater, Georgetown University, have organized on campus to help raise awareness, canvass local restaurants, and encourage participation within their community on May 2. The National Capital Area Council of the National Eagle Scout Association has called it’s vast network of Eagle Scouts to action to help recruit both restaurants and diners.
#FreeAustinTice coalition partners include the National Press Club, The Washington Post, McClatchy, Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, Georgetown University, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and the National Eagle Scout Association – National Capital Area.
For updates and more information on this project, and to learn more about Austin Tice, please visit www.nightoutforaustin.com
Lindsay Underwood for the National Press Club;firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 662-7561