Golfers and community unite at Johnny Hart breakfast (with photos)

By Casey Killian
By Haley Burton

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the seventh year, a breakfast was hosted to honor the late Johnny Hart in conjunction with the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Hundreds sat down to eat at the seventh annual Johnny Hart Memorial Christian Fellowship Breakfast Thursday at the Kalurah Shrine Building.

Community members and professional golfers packed the room.

Johnny Hart, an Endicott native, was a famous cartoonist best known for creating the B.C. comic strip.

"It's nice for me to see it's being carried on in memory of John. John passed away seven years ago. For seven years, we've been doing it in his memory and I just hope we can continue because think people enjoy getting together," said Bobby Hart, his widow.

Chip Beck, a professional golfer on the PGA Champions Tour, moderated a panel of pro golfers.

"Golf is a universal language and it brings all religions and communities of faith together," said Beck, "That's what makes this breakfast special in my opinion; All of the people of different faiths who come together through their love of golf and helping the community."

Hart's grandsons, Mitt and Mason Mastroianni, have continued to produce the B.C. comic strips.