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For the past nine years, family and friends of Chris Allingham have gathered on the first Monday in May to honor his memory in a uniquely appropriate way: by hitting the links.

Some 120 participants take part every year in the Chris Allingham Golf Classic, a charity outing organized by William Allingham in memory of his brother, who loved golf.

"Every family has a different thing that they do to commemorate something that was dear to their loved one," said Allingham, of Holmdel. "With us, my brother loved to golf, so we just thought it was a natural thing, and it's really a terrific event."

Allingham said the golf outing was originally created to provide for his brother's family, but has evolved into a charity event that donates funds to a scholarship at Christopher's alma mater, St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, as well as a number of charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project. Over the years, the annual event has raised more than $100,000 for the Chris Allingham Memorial Trust.

A Holmdel native who lived in River Edge, Chris Allingham worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He was 36 when he died in the attacks. He left behind a widow, Donna, and two sons, Christopher and Kyle, now 16 and 14.

"This goes for, I think, a lot of the kids of people who perished on 9/11: those boys are special," Allingham said of his nephews. "I don't know how to articulate it, but there's something about those kids that everybody kind of rallies around."

Allingham said his feelings about the 10th anniversary of his brother's death are tough to put into words.

"You know, it doesn't seem like 10 years. Everybody who's been affected by this tragedy, which includes so many different people, you just have to go on with your lives. You never forget, obviously, your loved ones and the events of that day, but we have to live our lives and carry on for the family members that all the people who died on 9/11 left behind, and we've done that as best as we can while trying to remember our loved ones' legacies."

- Alex Biese

A Holmdel native who went to St. Benedict's Grammar School and St. John Vianney High School there, and St. Peter's College in Jersey City, Allingham lived in River Edge.
Widow, Donna; sons, Christopher and Kyle; parents, William and Patricia; sisters, Katharine and Margaret; brothers, William and James.

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