A total of 300 tickets were sold during a Nov. 8 Sherwood Rotary Club fund-raising dinner held at Outback Steakhouse of North Little Rock where the proceeds will be used to benefit scholarships for graduating high school seniors, non-traditional Pulaski Technical College students, as well as books for elementary students.

All students benefited will be residents of Sherwood.

Jeremy Gaspar, proprietor of the North Little Rock Outback Steakhouse, said for over 20 years Outback Steakhouse has made it a goal to be a part of the community and support residents and local organizations whenever possible.

"Being good neighbors is more than just an idea; it is the driving force in how we do business," said Gaspar.

There were 147 people served at the first seating with another 132 individuals served at the second one.

The club had high participation of its membership with the fundraiser. Of its 39 members, 31 helped. A total of 14 club members worked on the day of the event in different roles as host/hostess, filling tea and water glasses, busing tables and serving bread.

The event raised $4,700.

"It was a home run," said Becky Vassar, of Sherwood, who attended the event.

Mayor Virginia Hillman helped during the event as she manned the bread machine.

Several of Sherwood’s High School and Elementary principals attended with approximately 70 teachers from their schools, in addition to almost 30 people from Pulaski Technical College. The educators said they loved that their students will benefit from this program.

Sherwood residents may apply for one of two types of Rotary Scholarships beginning in January 2013:

1) 2013 high school graduates may apply for the $1,000 scholarship awards: one male and one female recipient available scholarship available.

2) Sherwood residents who previously graduated high school and who plan to attend or who are currently attending Pulaski Technical College may apply for a $500 scholarship awards: one male and one female recipient scholarship available.

In January 2013, scholarship applications will be available on the Sherwood Rotary website or by contacting the Sherwood Rotary Club, P.O. Box 6185, Sherwood, AR 72120.