Tanya Bunch Reno’s improv group, The Utility Players, perform the National Anthem at the Kenny Bostic Memorial Athletic Fund dinner Saturday evening at the Hawthorne Convention Center. The annual event raised money to help local youth with the costs of playing sports throughout the year.

Tanya Bunch
Reno’s improv group, The Utility Players, perform the National Anthem at the Kenny Bostic Memorial Athletic Fund dinner Saturday evening at the Hawthorne Convention Center. The annual event raised money to help local youth with the costs of playing sports throughout the year.

Under the American flag at the Hawthorne Convention Center, community members were treated to grand food and entertainment at this year’s annual Kenny Bostic Memorial Athletic Fund dinner.

The members of this small board have worked diligently to pinpoint each detail so that monies could be raised to help the children of Mineral County achieve their dreams of playing sports.

This year, the Kenny Fund invited The Utility Players from Reno, an improv comedy group, who has been named number one in the Reno area.

This was the first time an improvisation group has came to Hawthorne and audience members were unaware of what was to come – and that was the idea. Keep the audience guessing.

The opening highlight was the National Anthem, sang by the players, was well received in “America’s Patriotic Home”.

Jessica the Jester, informed the crowd that the success of the show solely depended on the crowd. Interaction with the “players” was crucial.

The adult show, had skits performed such as “drunken golf” which entertained the crowd and set the tone as people began to laugh and get into the production.

Audience volunteer, Robert “Nothing” Walker, was serenaded by a 1980ish boy-band skit where Walker’s favorite pastime was discussed. Rapped to by a white girl, the audience found out that “Robert is the busiest man in Hawthorne”.

The 90-minute act was made up of two to four minute games, everything from “Who’s Line is it?” to “Out of the Hat”. Each performance better than the last, but each memorable.

Extending the invitation to The Utility Players, was the brainchild of the Kenny Fund board members, each having watched a show or three and remembering the fun and laughs they had.

After the raffle drawing, Lisanna Lewis, from Borealis Mine, surprised the Kenny Fund by donating money from not only the mine but from herself to help the youth of our county.

Dwayne Bostic, board member and brother of the late Kenny Bostic, was quoted as saying, “The National Anthem was my favorite part of the night. I had thought about having someone coming in to sing it, but in preparing for the event, forgot. When The Utility Players came to me to ask if they could sing, I said yes!”

Talk is already underway with members of the Kenny Fund for their 10th year anniversary in 2016, for another intriguing and entertaining evening.