Members of the Genuine Country Music Association (GCMA) presented a check for $18,000 to the State Fair Community College Foundation to fund scholarships for students attending SFCC at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The money was raised at the ninth annual Classic Country Music Jamboree on Oct. 17 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

“This gift is so special because it is dedicated to funding lake area students who want to stay in the area and attend college,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “I am so grateful to John and Lynn Farrell and the entire Genuine Country Music Association, whose passion for country music help make obtaining higher education affordable for so many at the lake.”

John and Lynn Farrell, owners of John Farrell Real Estate Company, help organize the Classic Country Music Jamboree each year and bring in classic country artists from around the country. This year’s jamboree featured Tony Booth, Leona Williams, Ron Williams and others.

Since 2013, the GCMA event has raised $133,500 for endowed scholarships for students at the lake. John Farrell, Brad Rigby and Tony Smith founded the GCMA in 2009 to promote, perform and maintain traditional country music. The association is a 501c3 organization.


In the photo: Members of the Genuine Country Music Association (GCMA) recently presented a check for $18,000 to the State Fair Community College Foundation. The funds were raised at the GCMA’s Classic Country Music Jamboree and will be used to provide scholarships to students who attend SFCC’s Lake of the Ozarks campus. From left, SFCC Foundation Executive Director Mary Treuner, Rita Keith, SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson, Teresa Graham, Lynn Farrell, Tom Keith, John Farrell, Jim Peterson, Debbie Russell, Clara Peterson, and SFCC-Lake of the Ozarks Assistant Director, Samantha Dear. 

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