The annual Cove Classic golf tournament, one of the fundraising cornerstones for The Cove Food Bank and its affiliated community service programs, was cancelled at the 11th hour after rampant wildfire prompted organizer Glenn Schmekel to pull the plug on the event late in the day on July 18 before the following morning’s tee-off time.

The cancellation came “at a particularly bad time for us,” Schmekel said, noting that owing to community needs caused by fire loss, The Cove is now open four days a week rather than just on Thursdays.

The Cove opens its doors Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m.

The typical Classic adds about $10,000 to The Cove’s Aid and Assistance Fund, “used to help people supplement income, pay utility bills and help with other needs,” Schmekel said. Schmekel said he is still undecided as to whether the fundraiser will be rescheduled for a later date this year.