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Torrey Smith gets special birthday wishes during appearance in Aberdeen

The Olive Tree restaurant in Aberdeen was packed Sunday evening for a private party celebrating the restaurant's 20th anniversary, featuring an appearance by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Fans young and old donned their purple and black to show off their Ravens pride at the event, which was sold out days in advance.

One fan, Tom Eikenberg, of Havre de Grace, even went old-school and wore his original Baltimore Colts shirt along with some Ravens gear.

Carol Blackburn, of Edgewood, who is 75 and a big Smith fan, enjoyed herself immensely. "I'm your biggest fan," Blackburn proclaimed, as she posed for a photo with the Ravens wide receiver.

Mayor Mike Bennett, who also attended, said Aberdeen is a really big Ravens town.

Fans paid $50 for a buffet dinner and a chance to meet and Smith have a photo taken with him.

After fans went through the buffet, they were called by table to the front of the restaurant for their meet-and-greet with Smith. Some brought gifts like an Aberdeen High Eagles baseball cap and greeting cards. Smith thanked the fans for coming to see him.

There was even a special birthday cake for Smith, whose 24th birthday was Saturday. The cake was made in the shape of a stadium.

Aberdeen Olive Tree owner, said the event was extremely successful.

"It was great. We sold out and everybody showed up and it was perfect," she said.

The event had sold 200 tickets at $50 each. All profits are going to Smith's charity, she said.

"He did a meet-and-greet with everybody, every single person," Hapsis said.

"People were raving about it," Hapsis said. "He was awesome. He was patient with everyone and took pictures with every person in that building."

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