Patriot Ledger: QARI plans annual community banquet

By Sean Philip Cotter 

QUINCY — Tickets are available for Quincy Asian Resources’ annual community banquet, which chief executive officer Philip Chong believes holds a not-so-secret weapon to helping bring people of all backgrounds together.

“The best thing to break those barriers is food,” the head of the organization commonly known as QARI said with a chuckle. “Who doesn’t like Chinese food?”

The 11th annual banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the China Pearl restaurant at 237 Quincy Ave.

The theme is “Investing In Our Community,” Chong said. Any members of the public or organizations and businesses in the area are invited to attend at a cost of $110 a person.

The organization will give out several awards, including ones to Jack Lydon and Tim Wisnar. Though neither man is Asian himself, both have spent significant time and energy helping new immigrants and working with Quincy’s large Asian-American community, Chong said.

“We wanted to recognize the efforts and the time they invested in the community,” he said.

Quincy Asian Resources also will honor the South Shore YMCA and award scholarships to some local students. Chong said he expects 700 people to attend the event.

Anyone looking for more information about the banquet can email events@quincyasianresources.org or call 857-719-3595.