Winner of Hildene contest to donate to SPCA

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Flood Brook School fifth-grader Hudson Via was the winner in the youth category of Hildene's annual "Guess the Lincoln Pennies in the Jar" contest.

Held each year at the start of the holiday season the contest is not only fun, but also a reminder that it was President Abraham Lincoln who signed the first annual "Thanksgiving Proclamation" in 1863, designating the last Thursday of November as the official day of celebration for the country and in hopes that the Civil War would soon be over.

The contest invites people to guess how many pennies are in a jar.

Hudson is this year's youth winner. His answer was remarkably close to the actual number of pennies (3,868), only 42 cents off with his guess of 3,826.

The contest prize is two checks each made out to reflect the actual value of the pennies, $38.68.

Hudson received his check and is pictured here holding the second check that is given to a nonprofit of the child's choosing.

In this case, Hudson chose to send that check to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Upstate New York in gratitude for rescuing his best, Sophie.

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