DULUTH - Scott Hudgens may have planted the seed that became a $3 million endowment for the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, but he never wanted anyone to know.
"He didn't do good things to get attention, to get his name in the paper, to get his name on a building," Howard Fowler said. "When he gave us the gift, he didn't want any kind of recognition."
Still, Fuller and others didn't think Hudgens, who is now deceased, would mind that the council's annual American Values award be renamed in his honor.
Tuesday night, Hudgens, Wayne Sikes and Judy Waters were all honored with the distinguished service award named for the man who gave a gift that would allow the council to support itself for years to come.
Hudgens was a Gwinnett developer who built the Gwinnett Place Mall and the Mall of Georgia. Fowler, an attorney who presented the award, said he was charitable and philanthropic, though always anonymously.
After Fowler asked Hudgens for a $500,000 gift to support the council, he donated a 20-acre piece of land in Atlanta that later sold for $800,000, providing money for the council's future.
"Scott's highly deserving of this award," Fowler said. "As much as anyone I know, he personified American Values."
Sikes, the chairman of the Gwinnett Health System's Board of Directors, was not a Boy Scout as a child. But when his son became a Boy Scout, Sikes became a leader and stayed with the group well past his son's graduation.
The former Snellville city councilman has been honored with the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor given to volunteers with the Boy Scouts, and has helped the council with its fundraisers.
"Scouting has just been a tremendous pleasure," he said. "Scouting, I think, is the most important developmental program for young men today."
Waters, who was also a member of Snellville's City Council and who served as a county commissioner, is the executive director of the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.
She was honored for her work on the council's executive board. Waters said receiving the award after it was named for Hudgens, a good friend of hers, made it even more special.
"I was a Brownie, I was a Girl Scout, but they never would let me in the Boy Scouts," she said. "It is indeed such a wonderful, wonderful honor for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."