Sampan: Quincy Asian Resources Inc. hosts 11th annual community banquet

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. (QARI) hosted 560 guests at its 11th annual Community Banquet, held on May 11 at the China Pearl Restaurant in Quincy. The “Investing in Our Community” event recognized three honorees, in a celebration of spirit and synergy.

“‘Investing in Our Community’ means that we will do the right thing when times are tough,” said QARI CEO Philip Chong. “We will be cautious in terms of our environment, preserve our language and culture, and do the right things for justice, financial decisions, and health and mind.”

The evening began with a rhythmic performance by drum group Odaiko New England. The Founders’ Award was given to Tim Wismar, the president of the congregation at Wollaston Lutheran Church, which is a majority Chinese church. The Visionary Award was handed to John Lydon, who was president of the Quincy City Council for 18 years. Finally, the Community Partner Award was presented to the South Shore YMCA, which has been a strong supporter of QARI, building community spirit. During the banquet, students were recognized for their scholarship, and QARI’s Got Talent winner Lien To sang a passionate rendition of “One Moment in Time.”