CUP raises move than $100,000 for families experiencing hardship
August 9, 2017
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Paul Bliss, right, shows his gratitude as he and his family are introduced Saturday as the Cranberry CUP's 2017 Inspirational Family at Cranberry Community Park.

In its 18th year, the Cranberry CUP raised more than $100,000 for local families that are experiencing financial stress from medical or other hardships, said Anthony Bertolino, Cranberry CUP president.

Proceeds from last weekend's events, which included a golf outing, kickoff party, 5K race and softball tournament, benefit the 2017 Inspirational Family — Paul Bliss and his family of Cranberry Township — and other families in need.

Bliss is currently battling liver cancer after overcoming cancer in his eye and brain lining several years ago.

Bliss and his wife Jennifer have four children, Caitlin, 17, Shawn, 16, Natalie, 12, and Carter, 10.

Bellevue Park won the neighborhood division of the softball tournament. UPMC Passavant won the open division.

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Ally Ververka of The Crossings softball team gets a base hit in the first inning of a game on Saturday.