Dec 30, 2020
Wappingers Falls Resident Wins Inaugural Holiday Spirit Photo Contest

The votes are in, and the winner of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s inaugural Holiday Spirit Photo Contest is Eric Perine of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County.

Perine, who submitted a photograph taken outside of his home adorned with Christmas lights, will be awarded $500. Of the five finalists, Perine’s photograph received 1,646 votes, the most cast by Central Hudson’s Instagram followers. In total, nearly 4,000 votes were cast. 

“Congratulations Eric for beautifully capturing the spirit of the holidays and the joy this time of years brings to our local communities,” said Charles A. Freni, President and CEO of Central Hudson. “We are impressed by the creativity demonstrated by all of the entrants and appreciate our Instagram followers for casting their votes.”

The contest opened on Nov. 23, 2020, inviting Central Hudson customers to submit photographs of their holiday decorations taken within the energy company’s service area by Dec. 11. Entrants were asked to submit photographs of decorations inside or outside of their homes. All holidays celebrated from November through the end of December were welcomed, including religious holidays, Thanksgiving and New Year’s. A selection of finalists was posted to Central Hudson’s Instagram page, and voters were asked to “like” their favorite of the finalists. The official voting ended at noon on Dec. 30.

Freni reminded customers of the benefits of “following” Central Hudson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive important safety messages, energy efficiency tips, announcements on new programs and services, updates on severe weather and other helpful information.

To view the images of all the finalists, go to Central Hudson’s Instagram page (@Central_Hudson) at or click here.


Eric Perine of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County is the $500 winner of Central Hudson’s inaugural Holiday Spirit Photo Contest. 


About Central Hudson

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., is an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York. The utility serves approximately 309,000 electric and 84,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District around Albany.

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