Alumnae make efforts to keep Sweet Briar College open

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Alumnae are raising money in hopes to save Sweet Briar College from closing at the end of the school year.

The school made the decision Tuesday due to financial reasons. 

The decision was hard to grasp for alumnae like Brittany and Briana Deane. The sisters decided to get together with other former students to do something about it.

"We were all heartbroken, shocked, and those emotions turned quickly into we are gonna put all that aside and focus on what we can do to save Sweet Briar," the Deanes said.

Alumnae helped start Save Sweet Briar in hopes to raise about $250 million. It's the amount the president said is needed to keep the college open. Organizers believe they'll reach their goal because of all the support.

"We want people to know it's not doomed," the Deanes said. "It hasn't closed yet. Lets do everything we can to stop it from closing."

Alumnae have also hired law firm Troutman Sanders and a public relations firm. In addition, alumnae are reaching out to some celebrities who have ties to the school like Dave Matthews. His wife went to Sweet Briar College.

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