Three times a year, the American Legion Auxiliary hosts sub sales as its main fundraising event. Actually, the sub sales are the Auxiliary's only fundraising event, and all proceeds are donated to veterans, veterans groups and U.S. troops.

Maggie Picucci, of Somers Point, is the former president and now secretary of the auxiliary, which she joined about eight years ago. Each of those years, the sub sale has been the staple fundraiser.

"We have about 45 members, but actively about 15," Picucci said. "We get at least four volunteers that aren't members that just help us all the time."

These 15 ladies and four volunteers are the ones who assemble all the fresh subs for the sale - all 400 to 600 of them.

"It's a lot to make," Picucci said.

The money raised from the sub sales are used to help with upkeep of the American Legion Hall, which the

auxiliary and other groups share, benefit veteran activities, such as pizza and ice cream parties every month to celebrate birthdays at the Vineland Veterans Home, and send care packages to military personnel overseas.

In all, the auxiliary has helped about 25 different causes and projects with the funds raised from the sub sales.

"We will stretch the funds (through the whole year)," Picucci said. "Usually by the end of the year, after the pizza parties and anything that comes up, we might donate $1,000 in memory of those who had passed to a veterans home."

Every year, Picucci said, each faction of the American Legion tries to focus on a different core philanthropic cause to benefit.

It so happens that this year the auxiliary and the American Legion are both raising money for the Lyons Veterans Home.

Frances Knorr, of Somers Point, said she has been with the auxiliary for well more than 10 years after a friend asked her to join. The auxiliary has been doing the sub sales for as long as she has been with the group.

"It's something that we all work on, and it's a nice profit-making in that we have this money to give to all these organizations," Knorr said.

The American Legion Auxiliary consists of the women of the American Legion. Ladies usually join in is they have an association with someone - such as a father or a brother - who is or was in the armed services.

The auxiliary would like to have four sub sales a year, but typically has


The ladies make all the subs themselves and use fresh ingredients.

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