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Happy birthday to the King

Published:Sunday | July 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Actors Robert Ri'chard (Coach Carter), Lance Gross (Tyler Perry's House of Payne), Jaleel (Steve Urkel) White and Brian Henderson at a birthday party for Andrew 'King Bach' Bachelor, CEO of the RuJohn Foundation, at the Surf and Turf restaurant at the Iberostar Grand in Montego Bay.
From left:RuJohn Foundation'sChristina Bachelor, president; Byron Bachelor, executive member; Andrew Bachelor, CEO, and the foundation's executive member, Ingrid Bachelor. - Photo by Janet Silvera
From left: Actor Robert Ri'chard, Sonja Nalkiran, general manager, Iberostar Suites, and NFL player Darius Butler.
From left: Liane Valenzuela poses with Brooklyn Nets cheerleader, Siobhan St John, Philipp Hofer, managing director of Iberostar Jamaica, Amanda Robinson, Brooklyn Nets, and friend, Brittany Poe.
Scholarship recipients from left: former Kingston College head boy Joel Nomdarkham, Jerome Jackson, and Jevanni Waugh at the RuJohn Foundation dinner party.
Lance Gross (right) surprises CEO of RuJohn Foundation Andrew Bachelor (bending) with a birthday cake which had a hand coming out of it. All the other members of the team felt it was hilarious as Bachelor wasn't expecting it. - Janet Silvera Photo
Actress Bresha Webb (left) and her friend Brittany Poe at RuJohn Foundation's dinner party at Iberostar Grand.
From left: The man who goes by the alias King Bach, Andrew Bachelor, CEO of the RuJohn Foundation, his mother, Ingrid, and sister, Christina, and Tamika Higgins-Baker, sales manager of Iberostar Resorts Jamaica.

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


Andrew 'King Bach' Bachelor has 7.1 million followers on his Vine app, 1.3 million on Instagram and 300,000 on Twitter, yet the celebrity with recurring roles on House of Lies and MTV2's Wild 'N' Out finds time to give back to Jamaica.

Last week, Bachelor and his sister, Christina, the founders of the RuJohn Foundation, again hosted celebrity sporting camps in Kingston and Montego Bay, exposing several inner-city youths to the game of basketball.

RuJohn was founded in honour of their Jamaican grandparents in 2003, and since its inception, it has grown into an island wide programme that has received commendation from government figures, educators, parents and children.

In fact, the programme has now expanded into Florida and other select states in the United States.

While King Bach and his celebrity crew, played with 'baskets' in the days, their nights were reserved for wining and dining, particularly at the Surf and Turf restaurant at the Iberostar Grand in Rose Hall.

On Thursday, June 26, the night belonged to the King himself. On turning 26, he was surprised by family members and friends who unveiled a hilariously funny birthday cake with a hand appearing out of it.

Just like the comedian that Bachelor has become, it was comedy hour as over 60 guests, including the likes of Jaleel White, known for his role as Steve Urkle in Family Matters; Lance Gross, who plays Calvin on Tyler Perry's hit television show 'House of Payne', and who just landed a role in the NBC new hit series CRISIS as Agent Finley and Robert Ri'chard, whose role in the movie Coach Carter catapulted his career.

Others in the star-studded line up that invaded the Iberostar Grand, were NFL star Darius Butler of the Indianapolis Colts and the female who is known for her role as Dr Laverne St. John on ER & Teresa Morris on Grey's Anatomy, Bresha Webb.

They were hosted by the hotel's Sales Manager, Tamika Higgins-Baker, Managing Director, Philipp Hofer and General Manager at the Iberostar Suites, Sonja Nalkiran

Their camp, which began as a small once a year event in the tourism capital, has over the years had more than 25 professional athletes participate in its yearly celebrity sports camps. More than 750 children and 200 adults have experienced the RuJohn camps.

The Montego Bay camp this year was staged at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC).