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Atlanta Challenge Update

by vixenSBC

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It is amazing what the women of Sweet Briar College can accomplish together. On Sunday, April 26th, Teresa Pike Tomlinson, ’87, issued a challenge: If 25 people will meet her pledge of $25,000 to SSB (in lump sum or in $5,000 increments over 5 years), then she will DOUBLE her pledge. The response has been…



Amherst County Attorney Appeal to Virginia Supreme Court

by vixenSBC

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Saving Sweet Briar Praises Amherst County Attorney for Appealing Lower Court Ruling to Virginia Supreme Court Successful Appeal Would Assure 2015-2016 Academic Year for Sweet Briar College   Richmond, VA –Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, praised Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer today for the appeal she has…



Amherst County Board of Supervisors Adopts Resolution of Support

by vixenSBC

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The Amherst County Board of Supervisors today adopted a resolution of support in our fight to save Sweet Briar, stating in a public meeting on Tuesday, April 21: “…Be it resolved by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Amherst, Virginia:                 That the Board of Supervisors of Amherst County hereby expresses its regret and…



Saving Sweet Briar Calls Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Use of Solicited Funds to Support College Closure an Important Step in Ongoing Legal Fight to Save College

by vixenSBC

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Richmond, VA –Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, called the temporary injunction issued today by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James W. Updike Jr that prevents Sweet Briar College officials from using solicited funds to advance their plans to close the school an “important victory in our fight…



Amherst County Attorney in Court

by vixenSBC

Today, April 15, 2015, the Amherst County attorney appeared in court for an evidentiary hearing for a temporary injunction to halt the closure of Sweet Briar College. After a back and forth conversation, Troutman-Sanders, attorneys for Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., were allowed to stand as special counsel to Ellen Bowyer, the County Attorney. Witnesses called…



Saving Sweet Briar Celebrates Judge’s Ruling Allowing Key Charge in County Attorney’s Lawsuit Against College to Advance

by vixenSBC

Richmond, VA –Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, celebrated today’s decision by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James W. Updike Jr. who ruled that Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer can proceed with a key element of her lawsuit to block the closure of Sweet Briar College. Judge Updike…



Saving Sweet Briar Applauds Amherst Mayor Kilgore for Forceful Letter Opposing Closure of Sweet Briar College

by vixenSBC

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Richmond, VA – Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, applauded Amherst, Virginia Mayor J. Paul Kilgore for the forceful letter he sent today to Sweet Briar College officials calling for a reconsideration of their plans to close the college. Mayor Kilgore’s letter underscored the serious economic impact to…



Saving Sweet Briar Confirms Million Dollar Pledge

by vixenSBC

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On March 4, 2015, one day after Sweet Briar College’s announced closure and the launch of savingsweetbriar.com, we received an anonymous $1 Million pledge. Saving Sweet Briar chose at that time to remove the pledge until its authenticity could be confirmed so as to ensure our numbers were not artificially inflated. Because of the incredible…



UPDATED: Saving Sweet Briar Responds to Attorney General Actions in Legal Battle to Save Sweet Briar, Lauds County Attorney for Correcting the Record about Her Interaction with Attorney General Over Court Case

by vixenSBC

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Richmond, VA – Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, responded today to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s legal brief filed on Thursday with the Bedford County Circuit Court challenging Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer’s standing to sue college officials for what she believes is unlawful activity relating to…



Saving Sweet Briar Timeline

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College announces Spring 2015 will be final semester, school will close on August 25, 2015.

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College alumnae galvanize on Facebook, creating working groups to work to halt closure.

March 4, 2015 - SavingSweetBriar.com launches in the early morning hours. Website begins accepting pledges midday.

March 6, 2015 - SavingSweetBriar.com pledges exceed $1 million (with additional unconfirmed $1 million pledge that will later be confirmed).

March 6, 2015 - Troutman Sanders retained to fight closure. Read More

March 9, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. formally incorporated as a non-profit with seven alumnae appointed to serve as board members. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen sends letter to state Attorney General regarding the legality of closing the college. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Sweet Briar faculty join alumnae in fight to keep college open. Read More

March 18, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. begins accepting donations in the fight to save the college.

March 23, 2015 - Troutman Sanders sends letter requesting President and Board resign. Read More

March 26, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. hires Certified Fraud Examiner. Read More

March 30, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney, Ellen Bowyer, files suit against Sweet Briar College.

April 6, 2015 - Initial Financial Analysis concludes financial condition did not warrant closure Read More

April 12, 2015 - $5 million pledged to Saving Sweet Briar.

April 13, 2015 - Amherst Mayor sends letter opposing closure. Read More

April 15, 2015 - Judge Updike issues a 60 day injunction preventing the college from using funds solicited to operate the college to close it.

April 23, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. launches Alumnae Angels program to help students with financial concerns during transition and uncertainty.

April 29, 2015 - Judge Updike issues another injunction in one of the other legal cases preventing the college from selling assets for six months.

April 29, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney files Petition to Review with Virginia Supreme Court.

May 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. granted 501(c)(3) status, with tax exempt status applying to all donations made from the incorporation date of March 9, 2015.

June 9, 2015 - Virginia Supreme Court rules that Sweet Briar College can be a trust.

June 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. announces $21 million total pledged over 5 years.

June 20, 2015 - Settlement reached, keeping Sweet Briar College open. Settlement terms include 3 payments to college with the first $2.5 million due on July 2.

June 23, 2015 - Amherst CountyBoard of Supervisors names Sweet Briar Day.

June 30, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers $5 million ahead of schedule to Sweet Briar College.

July 2, 2015 - President Stone assumes new position, new Board of Directors appointed.

September 2, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers final settlement payment to Sweet Briar College, exceeding $12 million total.