Cranberry CUP hosts 15th annual event this weekend
The Cranberry CUP will kick off for the 15th straight year Friday night with a party
at the Cranberry Highlands Golf Course. CUP organizer Cathy Cortazzo said the doors
will open at 6 p.m. Friday and that entry into the party is $25 a person. There will
be a band, food donated from local restaurants and auction baskets.
The softball tournament kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning as nearly 60 teams
compete for the championship. The softball tournament will wrap up
around 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“We have more teams this year than ever,” Cortazzo said.
There will also be a 5k race in the Community Park starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
The CUP annually raises money for an inspirational family in the township that
is undergoing financial stress because of medical or other issues. It has raised more
than $1 million for families since its inception in 2000. This year's inspirational
family is the Koliscak family which includes Jason, 38, and his wife Melanie, 38,
and daughters Addison, 6, Alexis, 4, and Lanie, 3. Doctors in 2005 diagnosed
Jason Koliscak with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition,
at the age of 29. That condition eventually led to inoperable bile duct cancer
for Koliscak is undergoing chemotherapy, which will not cure his disease but could
prolong his life. There will be an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday morning
when the inspirational family is introduced in Community Park.