Thousands are expected to turn-out for the reunion party of the popular Baltimore nightclub, Odell’s. Organizers are hosting the event as a tribute to the late owners, Odell and Jackie Brock. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HIV/AIDS foundations.
The Odell’s Reunion Party is scheduled to take place at the Patapsco Arena on Saturday, October 15, 2011. According to event organizer, Arnold Mitchell, “One thousand tickets have already been sold.” He and his partner are anticipating at least 1,000 additional sales before the 15th.
Organizers hired Baltimore’s own radio icon Randy Dennis and Larry Lancaster as hosts for the evening. DJ Tanz and DJ Wiz will be providing the musical backdrop for the occasion.
The event will also include vendors, photographers, and a brief awards ceremony. “Its going to be a really fun party. More importantly, it’s for a great cause,” said Mitchell.
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