After 40 years, UPARC Foundation's Omelette Party tradition continues. Patrons of the annual fundraiser to benefit UPARC (Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens) can mark their calendars for April 20, 2007. The annual event, consisting of a black tie champagne supper, will be held at the former Judd/Heye Mansion in Harbor Oaks. This beautiful home was one of the first homes built in the Harbor Oaks development boom which started back in 1914. The large citrus industry in the area was damaged by a hurricane in 1921 and many residents of the area sought to recover from this destruction by converting their grove lands into real estate. By early 1925 only twenty lots remained unsold in the Harbor Oaks development. Dean Alvord, the developer of the Harbor Oaks tracts, was one of the first in this area to promise lots with deed restrictions. This, along with the fact that Alvord sold a majority of the lots in Harbor Oaks via word of mouth to friends or people he knew, created a certain exclusivity in home ownership in Harbor Oaks that continues to exist today.
Harold Judd, a stock broker from Connecticut, was the original owner of the estate. Mr. Judd was also one of the first 100 members of the Carlouel Yacht Club. Set amid beautifully landscaped grounds on the edge of Clearwater Bay, the home is reminiscent of old Spain. The home features Moorish arched doorways leading to spacious rooms. The home's paved terrace overlooks the terraced lawns which slope down to the Bay. This home has been characterized as one of the "loveliest of Clearwater's fine estates."
The Omelette Party originated in Belleair 40 years ago and for many years featured the cuisine of world famous Chef Rudy Stanish. Over the years, the party has been hosted many times in Harbor Oaks. Chairing this year's event are Irene and Allen Hughes and Nicole and Dan Doyle, Jr. Proceeds from the party directly benefit the clients served by UPARC. Over the years, over $2.7M has been raised.
UPARC Foundation strives to secure the future of UPARC through activities that foster community awareness, involvement and financial support. The Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens (UPARC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated excellence in providing a continuum of services for people who have developmental disabilities. Founded in 1958 by caring Clearwater residents, UPARC began as a children's program and has evolved into a progressive service agency that is a national leader in the field of rehabilitation and residential services. UPARC serves over 500 consumers and their families each year.