Great News for Dr. Tom Catena, “The Heart of Nuba”

Back in October, the inaugural Blue Rock Golf Outing helped raise over $77,000 to benefit Dr. Tom Catena and his life-saving mission in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan.

Today, we’re happy to give you an update that includes some great news from filmmaker Ken Carlson, producer of the documentary, “The Heart of Nuba.” 

As for the documentary, “The Heart of Nuba” secured a domestic theatrical release and will premiere at the United Nations on April 6. There’s also a two-year U.S. licensing deal with Hulu.

Also, Catholics in Media Associates unanimously voted “The Heart of Nuba” as the first recipient of the CIMA Social Justice Award. The ceremony takes place March 16.

According to Ken, the film reached Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the man responsible for the genocides over his 26-year reign. After screening the documentary, the president called for a ceasefire in the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile State. So far, the ceasefire has lasted one year (February 2017).

In September, Ken interviewed al-Bashir, and it’s been cut into the film’s ending.

“So far, we have amassed over 70 non-government agencies in our Human Rights Coalition, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Act for Sudan, and Project Enough,” said Ken. “By the way, not only have we raised awareness, we have collected over $300,000 for Dr. Tom Catena and the Mother of Mercy Hospital! All of this has helped to keep al-Bashir’s proverbial feet to the fire, if you will.”

As for Dr. Tom, he continues to fight the good fight at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Last year, Dr. Tom was award the prestigious $1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, recognizing the thousands of lives he has saved.

Thanks again to everyone that helped organize and participate in the golf outing. We’ll keep you posted when we announce the date for the second annual Blue Rock Golf Outing.

If you missed the photos from last year’s golf outing, they’re still available by clicking HERE.

Blue Rock teams with Olympian Jamie Greubel Poser

2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel

Blue Rock Construction is very proud and excited to sponsor USA women’s bobsled driver and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser in her World Cup Race in Lake Placid, NY, on Nov. 9.

Newtown’s Jamie Greubel Poser teamed with Aja Evans to win an Olympic bronze medal in 2014

Raised in Newtown, PA, Jamie won the bronze medal with teammate Aja Evans at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with a time of 3:51.61, just 1.1 seconds out of the silver.

Earlier this year in March, Jamie had to beat teammate and world champion Elana Meyers Taylor during the women’s bobsled world cup season finale to claim her first season title. She did just that at the Olympic test event on the Alpensia Sliding Center track that will host the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Jamie also beat Canadian Kaillie Humphries, the two-time Olympic champion, for the overall World Cup title. Humphries was ahead of Jamie in points going into the last race in PyeongChang.

This month, the Olympic season starts with the first World Cup race in Lake Placid from Nov. 9-10, which leads into the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans

While attending Cornell University, Jamie set school records in the heptathlon and indoor pentathlon. She also competed in field hockey and track in high school at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ.

Jamie also earned a master’s degree in early education from Lesley University.

After graduating college, Jamie took up bobsledding at the suggestion of one of her college track and field teammates. She first made the U.S. national bobsled team in the 2007–2008 season as a brakeman but switched over to pilot in 2010.

Join us in wishing Jamie the very best in her pursuit for Olympic gold. Go USA!

You can view Jamie’s bio and follow her on social media by clicking HERE.