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Jefferson Award Winner: Pawleys Island bakery owner recognized for helping students grow

Max Goree receives the Jefferson Award (Photo: WPDE)

"Cookies and baked goods are made with love. His are made with love, you can tell," said Sharon Abee, talking about Max Goree.

Max opened Pawleys Island Bakery eight years ago.

"Chocolate is for the soul. And, one must eat a variety of chocolates on an everyday basis," said Max Goree.

His passion for pastries aside, it is his love for others that got him nominated for the Jefferson Award.

"He does as much as he can for his community, and it shows. People love him! Everyone loves Max!" said Abee.

"We offer an opportunity for students in the special needs program to have a place to come to work," said Goree.

Max was recently recognized by the state as an outstanding employer of the year for his commitment to special needs students and the vocational rehab program.

"We teach them skills, basic skills, so that when they're done working at the bakery--and that happens all the time--is that they can transition to another workplace environment and have fundamental workplace skills and behaviors," said Goree.

He says that is his true purpose. The pastries are just for fun.

"Not only is it a physical thrill to see them actually accomplish the job, and an emotional thrill, but it's spiritual," said Goree.

He says watching the students thrive and succeed is worth so much more than his business.

That is why Max Goree is our latest Jefferson Award winner.

To nominate someone in your community for the Jefferson Award, click here.

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