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CZ Guest and Dr. Scott Wells

Adele Smithers-Fornaci Fete
At Old Westbury’s Sunridge

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by  Gandalf Gavan

HE Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club honored Adele Smithers-Fornaci at a black tie dinner dance held on the lawn and terraces of Sunridge, the home of top plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Wells and his decorator wife Kathleen Wells, in Old Westbury, Long Island.

One of the major focuses of the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, is to educate youngsters on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Ms. Fornaci was a suitable honoree. Not only did she donate $500,000 of the $800,000 raised by the gala, but her late husband R. Brinkley Smithers was one of the founders of the club. He was a grateful recovering alcoholic and one of the patriarchs of the alcoholism recovery movement. She is the current president of The Christopher Smithers Foundation, which is celebrating the fiftieth year of treating substance abuse.

Robert Tartarini,
Adele Smithers-Fornaci,
Kathy Wells, Christopher Robbins

The 350 guests included ageless and beautiful CZ Guest and her daughter Cornelia (they started off with a smart cocktail overlooking the garden at their nearby home, Templeton); the Metropolitan Museum’s Hamish Bowles; stunning Mary Kay Moulton, who owns a very winning King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Nicholas; Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long; top interior designers Robert Tartarini and Todd Romano; Bergdorf Goodman’s Robert Burke; Robert and Richard Dupont, Roz and Joseph Milana with their grandchildren Spencer, Hunter and Austin Wells; Melony Mazzeo; Howard Cain; Devon Menges; Ross Meltzer; Barbet Smith; Jen Charleston; David Greenough; and the evening’s emcee John Gambling.

Chairs and committee members included Anne Finley, Susan Lenior, Toni O’Hara, Nikki Smithers, handsome Christopher Robbins, Liz Mocorrea, Wendy Grant and Peter Colgrove.

Vegetable Napolean by
Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs

The evening was divine – warm and breezy with the joyousness of June literally floating on the air. The tables were covered with cinnamon silk printed with renderings of blue and white Chinese export-pieces, donated by Scalamandri.

Kathy Wells used candles in hurricane globes on footed bamboo trays, mint julep cups filled with flowers by Scarsella’s, and suspended rice paper lanterns to create a romantic ambiance. Evans & Towers Productions played and sang irresistible music, which kept the dance floor busy.

Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs served a delicious dinner of Vegetable Napoleon (grilled spring vegetables, layered with fresh mozzarella and herbed ricotta on a plate with roasted asparagus spears and basil oil and balsamic molasses drizzles), seared tenderloin of beef with green peppercorn horseradish sauce, golden corn pudding, glazed baby carrots, haricots verts with lemon butter, and individual blueberry and strawberry cobblers baked under a cinnamon crumb crust accompanied by a sauce of fresh whipped cream and creme anglaise.


For fifty-two years, this annual party has always been considered the opening of the little social season during which the North Shore becomes home to many New York City socialites.

Debutantes have often been presented here. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were frequent guests.

It has traditionally taken place on one of the Gold Coast’s most legendary estates, including Sherrell and Muffie Potter Aston’s Land’s End Manor in 2000, as well as those of George F. Baker, Jr., Shelby Brian, and Oliver R. Grace. Last year, the party was held in a private club, so it was nice to have it back in a home again.

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