"Cake Boss" creates giant cake of Turning Stone

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

VERONA, N.Y. - The Oneida Indian Nation's month-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Turning Stone Resort Casino rolled on with an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds filling the resort's Winter Garden Atrium Sunday to see television star Buddy Valastro unveil his unique creation to commemorate the anniversary.

Valastro, known as the "Cake Boss," constructed a giant cake of the Turning Stone complex. The cake measures 4-feet by 5-feet, with a height of 3-feet at the top of the cake's version of the Turning Stone Tower.

Valastro was joined by Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter, and Turtle Clan Representative of the Oneida Nation Council Dale Rood for a ceremonial cake-cutting on a portion of the cake. The public was then treated to complimentary cake, also provided by Valastro's family business, Carlo's Bakery of Hoboken, New Jersey. The giant anniversary cake will be on display through Monday, July 22, in the Emerald Lobby at Turning Stone.

Halbritter said, "When we created Turning Stone Casino twenty years ago, we did so with the goal of creating a world-class destination resort. Many people doubted us, but we did it. We are thankful for the loyal support of our guests, and their enthusiasm for all we do here at Turning Stone."

Valastro said, "I share something in common with the Oneida Nation and Ray Halbritter. We both like to dream big, and we've had to overcome a lot of obstacles to make those dreams a reality. The Oneida Nation has built a truly fantastic resort for this community, and I am very proud to be here to celebrate the 20th anniversary. I always feel at home when I come to Upstate New York."

Valastro and Carlo's Bakery are featured on cable television's hit program "Cake Boss" on TLC.

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