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The Great Unveiling of a World Record!

Nino Carbone poses with his sculpture and the certificate he received from Guiness World Records confirming that the model sets a world mark as the tallest cork sculpture. Credits: Bob Dumas
Anellina Carbone, Nino Carbone’s wife, left, along with Neri Diaz, take donations at the door for Tuesday’s Children. Credits: Bob Dumas
Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Lombardi and Supervisor Ken Schmitt, Nino Carbone, Terry Sears of Tuesday’s Children; Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and Guilio Cefaloni Credits: Bob Dumas
Holly McGrath buys some tickets to the raffle of gift certificates to area restaurants, including Le Fontane in Somers and Spadaro’s in New Rochelle Credits: Bob Dumas
Nick Scafidi, the IAC’s social media secretary; IAC President Guilio Cefaloni; and Town Superivsor Ken Schmitt schmooze before the ceremony gets underway. Credits: Bob Dumas
Guilio Cefaloni introduces Nino Carbone to the crowd. Credits: Bob Dumas
The Town of Carmel presents Carbone with a proclamation honoring his accomplishment. From left, Supervisor Ken Schmitt; Carbone; Deputy Supervisor Frank Lombardi Credits: Bob Dumas
There was plenty of delicious Italian food on hand at the ceremony, all prepared by Nino Carbone and his helpers. Credits: Bob Dumas

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Last year, the Mahopac Italian American Club’s Gaetano “Nino” Carbone constructed a replica of the World Trade Center’s twin towers made entirely out of wine corks.

Coming in at 11.75 feet, the sculpture set a Guiness World Record for the tallest cork structure. On Sunday, the IAC held an official unveiling of the sculpture, which was attended by local dignitaries and elected officials who came to honor Carbone for his accomplishment.

Also on hand was Terry Sears, a representative of the Tuesday’s Children charity, which aids families who lost a loved one in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Donations were made at the unveiling and given to Tuesday’s Children, along with money raised by a raffle for gift certificates to area restaurants.

After the ceremonies, in which Carbone was presented with a proclamation from the town of Carmel and a Certificate of Merit from the state, everyone sat down to a great Italian meal, which was cooked by Carbone himself.

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