Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply honored that the Rezaian family has decided to celebrate Jason and Yegi’s return to San Francisco by commemorating our work and especially RSF’s Fund to Support Families of American Journalists missing, imprisoned or held hostage.
We are so privileged that the Rezaians are offering us this first opportunity on the West Coast to highlight RSF and to thank us for what we did for Jason and Yegi and what we continue to do everyday for all journalists at risk around the world.
The funds raised during the event will benefit Reporters Without Borders and the Fund to Support Families.
The Fund’s primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to the relatives and colleagues of missing American journalists in their efforts to secure the safe return and/or release of such journalists, including reasonable travel expenses, printing costs, communication expenses, legal expenses, etc.
The Fund has already helped Jason Rezaian’s family and Austin Tice’s family.
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran native of Marin County, spent 18 months unfairly imprisoned in Iran. Jason was arrested with his wife Yeganeh Salehi on July 22, 2014. After intense advocacy and diplomacy, Yegi was released in October 2014. Jason was finally released in January 2016.
Join us for an inspiring evening to welcome back Jason and Yegi Rezaian, to celebrate the courage of journalists around the world and to promote press freedom. Freedom of information is the freedom that allows us to verify the existence of all other freedoms. RSF has been at the forefront of the fight for press freedom in more than 130 countries since 1985.
Chair: Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle:
Travis Browley, Head of School, Marin Academy
Bruno Cohen, President and General Manager, KPIX-TV, KBCW-TV San Francisco
Maura Corbett, CEO and Founder, Glen Echo Group
Colin Crowell, Vice President, Global Public Policy & Philanthropy, Twitter, Inc.
Diane Foley, Mother of Jim Foley and Founder of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation
Anne Kornblut, Director of Strategic Communications, Facebook
Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Michael Oreskes, Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director, NPR
Peter Price, Former President of the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences - RSF USA Chairman
Jason and Yegi Rezaian and the Rezaian family
Chris Riley, Head of Public Policy, Mozilla
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting
Brian Storm, Founder and Executive Producer, MediaStorm
Austin Tice's family, represented by Jon Tice
Jan Yanehiro, broadcast journalist who co-hosted Evening Magazine
5.30-6.00 pm VIP reception with Jason Rezaian
6.00-7.30 pm Cocktail sponsored by Twitter
7.30-9.00 pm Dinner - Emcee Jan Yanehiro
9.00pm-11 pm After-party sponsored by Facebook
RSF celebration represents a unique opportunity to meet some 150 VIP media personalities from US and international media organizations.
Parking: Click here Information on parking.
Benefactor - $10,000
-- access for 10 to the pre-dinner reception at 6pm and the after-party
Patron - $2,500
-- access for 4 to the pre-dinner reception at 6pm and the after-party
-- recognition of support during the evening's program
Supporter - $1,000
Friend - $350
-- access to the pre-dinner reception at 6pm and the after-party
The estimated fair market value of each table is $1,000 and each seat is $100. The remainder of your sponsorship after the fair market value is tax-deductible as a donation.