Night Out for Austin Tice
TFB Hospitality is joining The National Press Club, The Washington Post, Georgetown University & Reporters Without Borders for a Night Out for Austin Tice – a nation-wide effort among restaurants to raise money & awareness for the safe return of journalist Austin Tice, an American journalist who has been held captive in Syria since August 2012.
Night Out for Austin Tice is scheduled for May 2, 2019 – we will be donating 10% of restaurant proceeds from dinner service at Annie Bailey's Irish Public House in Downtown Lancaster and Per Diem in Lititz, PA.
WHO IS AUSTIN TICE?
Austin Tice is an American journalist who has been held captive in Syria since August 2012. He was last heard from after being stopped at a checkpoint in Syria. No one is claiming to have him or demanding ransom. A native of Houston and an Eagle Scout, Austin wrote for the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers, and was part of a McClatchy team that won a Polk Award for coverage of Syria. He filed reports for CBS News and took outstanding photographs. Austin was at Georgetown Law School when he left to go to work in Syria. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq prior to Georgetown. In April 2018, the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his safe return.
WHY SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM?
Freedom of the press is one of the most sacred attributes of our democracy. As a society, we place a premium on truth, transparency and the diverse voices whose experiences are relayed to us every day through a free press. It can be easy, however, to feel powerless in world affairs where transgressions are happening thousands of miles away. Night Out is a tangible way for people to take action in their own communities and express the essential role of credible journalism in the way we live our lives and make decisions that affect us both locally and globally.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR NIGHT OUT FOR AUSTIN TICE?
First and foremost, we hope to help bring Austin home through this program. We hope that by raising awareness of Austin and his case, someone who has information about where Austin is will contact the FBI. There are many Americans of Syrian heritage — as well as many Syrian refugees in the U.S. — who could know somebody in Syria or talk to them on a regular basis. We believe we can raise an additional $1 million through this program, which would double the reward and increase the chances that Austin is released.
WHAT HAPPENS IF AUSTIN IS RETURNED WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE REWARD MONEY?
Austin’s parents will direct the money to be used by agencies to help Austin return to society. The funds can be used for his medical care, housing, transportation and other essential needs.