Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 22, 2018
Ethel Lavenberg, of Coplay; Carol Hirschman, of South Whitehall; and Brad Scheirer, of Whitehall, prepare to make the 2 millionth hoagie at American Club of Coplay Sept. 19. Ethel Lavenberg, of Coplay; Carol Hirschman, of South Whitehall; and Brad Scheirer, of Whitehall, prepare to make the 2 millionth hoagie at American Club of Coplay Sept. 19.
More than 25 members of the American Club join together to make the milestone hoagie at the club pavilion.PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTIN More than 25 members of the American Club join together to make the milestone hoagie at the club pavilion.PRESS PHOTOS BY TINAMARIE MARTIN
Volunteers gather together for a group photo. Volunteers gather together for a group photo.
Jerry Deutsch, president of American Club of Coplay, watches over Kathy Bright, of Coplay, and Tony Calcagni, of Allentown, as they put the final touches on the 2 millionth hoagie. Jerry Deutsch, president of American Club of Coplay, watches over Kathy Bright, of Coplay, and Tony Calcagni, of Allentown, as they put the final touches on the 2 millionth hoagie.

ACC hits mark of 2 million hoagies

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by TINAMARIE MARTIN Special to The Press in Local News

More than 25 members of American Club of Coplay volunteered their time Sept. 19 to make the group’s 2 millionth hoagie at the club pavilion.

The club started selling hoagies Feb. 18, 1985. At that time, they sold 1,816 hoagies.

Club president Jerry Deutsch said, “The American Club purchased the equipment from the Keystone Cops in 1985 when the hoagies were still being made at the Hall Street location in Coplay. We moved the equipment to the American Club pavilion in March of 2004, and we are still using the same equipment today.”

They have made 1,012 hoagies per hour.

On Sept. 17, 2003, the club sold its 1 millionth hoagie.

All money made goes to the American Club of Coplay.

“There is a dinner and banquet held for all volunteers every time they sell 100,000 hoagies,” Deutsch said.

The kaiser rolls for the sandwiches were provided by Egypt Star Bakery, Coplay, and the hoagie rolls were provided by Lusitania Bakery, Bethlehem.

“I think this is a wonderful thing we are doing for the club,” Dennis Schmall, of Coplay, said. “We have excellent volunteers. Everyone buys [the hoagies]. They love our hoagies because they are good.”

Regular and longtime volunteer Jimmy Chuss, of Northampton, said, “I look forward to our weekly get-together and spending the day with our close hoagie family.”

Volunteers Rollie Yudt and Ethel Lavenberg, both of Coplay, agreed they are thankful for the continued support of local churches, schools, Scouts, youth ball teams and civic groups, which use the popular American Club hoagies for fundraisers.

One thing all volunteers agreed with was they hope to be part of the 3 millionth hoagie sale. If calculations by volunteer Carl Luckenbach, of Coplay, are correct, they will be hitting that number in 2033.