Here’s a shout out to the Wellfleet Beachcomber.

The popular eatery and bar at the top of Cahoon Hollow Beach had a great year in terms of charity fundraising, and a not-so-great year in terms of natural calamities.

First the good news:

The Beachcomber hosts two major fundraising events each year. Owner Todd LeBart explained: “We donate the space for the events and our employees volunteer their time and tips. We solicit our purveyors for product and virtually all of the food and liquor we serve is donated, so 100 percent of the revenue goes to the charity.”

The results reached milestones in 2017: In June the Beachcomber hosted its ninth annual Clam Jam, a fundraiser for the Pan Mass Challenge that benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Clam Jam is spearheaded by the Beachcomber’s kitchen operations manager, Chris Ross. He volunteers his time and also rides the weekend of the event with "Team Beachcomber," a group that has grown to 25 strong.

“This year we passed the $1 million milestone in our fundraising efforts for the Pan Mass Challenge. We made it in just eight years, with $224,000 raised in 2017 alone,” said LeBart.

In September, the Beachcomber hosted the fourth annual Live For Lou Fundraiser. This benefit finances the Live For Lou Fund, an advised fund of the Cape Cod Foundation established in memory of the LeBarts’ son Louie, who died of an opioid overdose in 2014.

Over the past four years Live For Lou has raised over $200,000 -- $50,830 of it this past season.  The funds go to drug counseling educational scholarships, athletic scholarships for swimmers and, now, to the construction of a Wellfleet Memorial Garden, which will be dedicated to the memory of Louie and other young adults the Cape has lost too soon.

The estimated construction cost for the memorial garden is $80,000 to $100,000. Other local recipients of Live For Lou funds include organizations that help prevent substance abuse (Calmer Choice) and organizations that treat and support those struggling to beat addiction (Gosnold and Canal House).

In addition to the Clam Jam and the Live For Lou fundraisers, the Wellfleet Beachcomber has donated $85,000 directly to 20 local organizations in 2017. And all of this community support comes from a seasonal business that’s open for just three-and-a-half months a year.

Now a reminder of the not-so-good news: The ‘Comber had its share of headaches last summer, when a particularly nasty rain storm hit the Cape in August. You’ll remember – seven inches in seven hours – a deluge that wreaked havoc across the Lower and Outer Cape as the end of the season approached.

At Cahoon Hollow the dune collapsed, taking out a big chunk of the town-owned parking lot in front of the restaurant.

It’s been restored now, and the Beachcomber is hoping to score a deal with the town to operate the lot this summer.

Its back parking lot, providing around 90 spaces, was unaffected by the dune collapse, and the 'Comber continues to offer its free shuttle from the White Crest Beach parking lot. The shuttle is a draw to that town-owned lot; those without a Wellfleet sticker pay a town fee to park there.

The iconic destination that last year marked its 40th anniversary is a huge attraction in summer, and the charitable work it does given its limited seasonal operation is impressive.

LeBart said that he's looking forward to a fantastic summer 2018.

Ditto for us.

In fact, we're day-dreaming right now of its raw bar, its fried clams, its chowder, its dance floor mobbed with happy people, and its salty beach vibe, as thoughts of the coming season are welcome diversions from these doldrums of winter.