The News-Times/Carol Kaliff
Gary Hawley, left, and Ralph McIntosh received "Good Scout" awards Tuesday from the Boy Scouts‘ Connecticut Yankee Council.
DANBURY — When Gary Hawley's parents sent him to Troop 9 Boy Scout meetings in the '60s, Hawley didn't realize it was a primer for his professional life.
At those meetings, Hawley started to learn about integrity, teamwork and community service. They were values reinforced at home by his parents, who helped form Troop 9.
Those were also the values the Boy Scouts' Connecticut Yankee Council had in mind when it honored Hawley and Ralph McIntosh Jr. with the 2004 "Good Scout" award.
"Without the tremendous support of my family, I would not be here today," Hawley, president of Hawley Construction Corp. in Danbury, told 337 people at a luncheon held in their honor Tuesday at the Danbury Sheraton Hotel.
McIntosh, president of Del-Tron Precision Inc. in Bethel, had kind words for his family and accepted his award by confirming a rumor. "I have never been a Boy Scout — or a Brownie," he said, joking.
Scouts or not, he and Hawley exemplify the ideals of the Boy Scouts, said Anthony Pajk, chairman of the group that organized the luncheon Tuesday.
The event raised about $73,000 for regional Boy Scouts, a record number for the annual award.
The money will be used to bolster programs offered by the Boy Scouts' Connecticut Yankee Council, which covers 37 communities in the region. There are 26,311 young people involved in Boy Scouting in the region, and 3,500 are from greater Danbury.
Some of the young Scouts were on hand Tuesday to cheer on Hawley, 50, and McIntosh, 53.
Alexander Roehl, 10, of Pack 142 in New Fairfield, said his experiences in the Boy Scouts cemented his future plans. He wants to be a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park.
Jeffrey Murphy, 14, of Troop 9 in Danbury, said the Boy Scouts exposed him to community service. "It's taught me how to get involved and help out," he said.
The amount of organizations Hawley and McIntosh "help out" is staggering.
Hawley is a director for The Savings Bank of Danbury, the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, the Western Connecticut State University Foundation and the Housatonic Industrial Development Corp.
"He has made Danbury and the greater community a better place to live," said David Hawley, president of The Hawley Management Co.
McIntosh serves as director of the Housatonic Valley Sports Organization, which brought the Housatonic Valley Classic Bike Race to greater Danbury. He is also chairman of the Immaculate High School facilities committee, chairman of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and director of the Danbury War Memorial.
"Through his dedication, Ralph has truly become a leader in our community," said Emil Melvin, a Del-Tron Precision employee who is also McIntosh's cousin.
Hawley and McIntosh have also been close friends for some 20 years. They met through their fathers, who taught them to get involved locally.
Together, they co-chaired the Danbury Hospital Cancer Golf Tournament for five years. The tournaments raised $1.5 million for the hospital.
McIntosh said accepting the award with Hawley took some awkwardness out of receiving it. "It made it a lot more comfortable. It's a lot harder when you're up there by yourself for something like this."
"I couldn't imagine anyone in the world I rather receive this award with," Hawley said.