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Torrey Smith Gathers Teammates to Serve Meals and Opportunities

Torrey Smith, serves appetizers at cocktail reception. (Photo courtesy of the Torrey Smith Foundation)
Torrey Smith, serves appetizers at cocktail reception. (Photo courtesy of the Torrey Smith Foundation)

BALTIMORE, MD — Torrey Smith and the Baltimore Ravens know about working together on the football field. While they’re most often scoring points and making tackles to win games, on Monday night they suited up in somewhat unfamiliar waiter’s aprons and felt the unmatched pressure of working to serve a restaurant full of hungry patrons.

The setting for the evening was Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and the event was Torrey Smith’s Second Annual Celebrity Waiter Night presented by Northwestern Mutual. Smith, along with
teammates Joe Flacco, Justin Tucker, Steve Smith Sr., Haloti Ngata, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Tyrod Taylor and Brynden Trawick gathered together to bring meals to more than 220 guests and raised approximately $130,000 for the Torrey Smith Foundation.

Left to right: Deonte Thompson, Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Joe Flacco (back), Justin Tucker (front), Marlon Brown (back), Kamar Aiken (front). Not pictured: Haloti Ngata (Photo courtesy of the Torrey Smith Foundation)
Left to right: Deonte Thompson, Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Joe Flacco (back), Justin Tucker (front), Marlon Brown (back), Kamar Aiken (front). Not pictured: Haloti Ngata
(Photo courtesy of the Torrey Smith Foundation)

“I am very thankful that we were able to come together like this,” Smith said in a statement following the event. “I lived the life of the kids we’re trying to help. Tonight is about raising money to get them what they need. We have huge plans for the foundation this year, and seeing everyone come together to start making the money for it tonight is an inspiration.”

Smith has made a strong impact in the Maryland community throughout his relatively brief career with the Ravens, holding a variety of events to raise money with hopes of providing educational support, opportunities and resources for youth in the area.

With the Ravens in the hunt for the NFL playoffs, Smith also has plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas events to give back, using his talents to make a difference on and off the field.

Gabe Katz

A journalism enthusiast – sports media in particular – Gabe has interviewed Super Bowl champions Raheem Brock and Chris Canty, and rising star Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. He’s covered organizations and events affiliated with the NY Rangers, NY Knicks, and NBA Cares. He has also written articles featuring NY Yankees’ Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia, Tina Charles (WNBA), Deron William’s Point of Hope Foundation (NBA), and the foundations of Torrey Smith and Ryan Kerrigan (NFL). After graduating from Temple University where he received a degree in communications, he had two subsequent positions in news, first as an online editor and contributor for a Philadelphia sports web site start-up and later as a multimedia content provider at a newspaper in the Philadelphia suburbs. He now lives in New York as a freelance journalist and remains an avid sports fan.

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