Gordy’s Hi-Hat welcomes Sunnyside residents for a sweet treat

Gordy’s Hi-Hat has been welcoming residents from the Sunnyside Health Care Center for 30 years. Today, for the first time in three years, they were able to invite them over for a sweet treat.

“A lot of these people in this nursing home have been customer of ours for the last 60 years, ever since my grandma and grandpa first built the place. it’s their friends and they’re their grandparents who our friends. So it’s just awesome to try to give back a little bit to those that have supported us for all these years,” says Gordy’s grandson Sever Lundquist.

Volunteers from the UMD dance team also came out to help all the wheelchairs across the street.

“We got the UMD dance team to come over and help us push people over, along with many great volunteers. We just organized it really well with the Cloquet police and everybody, so we can get over here and enjoy some ice cream on a hot day,” says director of life engagement at Sunnyside, Toni Hubbell.

The care center is only a few blocks away, and law enforcement blocked off the road to traffic so they had a safe crossing. Toni says, “We certainly have a lot of wheelchair safety needs that we have to address with potholes in the roads and that type of thing.”

Lundquist says Gordy’s has a new pavilion that’s perfect for events just like this. The residents had a great time socializing, listening to live music and eating their ice cream cones.