In 1978, committed parents living in the small Delta town of Marvell came together to save their children. Out of their efforts was born the Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center (BGACDC), a grassroots organization that aims to improve the overall quality of life for the poor, mainly African American residents.
Today, BGACDC serves as the center of community life in Marvell. Volunteers, supporters, and BGACDC staff work together to achieve goals no one thought possible. BGACDC's mission is building community competency by empowering people to help themselves.

In 1978, committed parents living in the small Delta town of Marvell came together to save their children. Out of their efforts was born the Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center (BGACDC), a grassroots organization that aims to improve the overall quality of life for the poor, mainly African American residents.

Today, BGACDC serves as the center of community life in Marvell. Volunteers, supporters, and BGACDC staff work together to achieve goals no one thought possible. BGACDC's mission is building community competency by empowering people to help themselves.

The BGACDC hosts an annual banquet to celebrate Marvell’s success stories. This year the banquet will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., at its Marvell facility, located at 1112 U.S. 49, Marvell.

Dr. Misty (Collier) Farr grew up in Marvell and is one of those success stories and is the keynote speaker at this year’s BGACDC banquet. She is a graduate of Marvell High School and was valedictorian of the class of 2003. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, Missouri.

Farr knows both struggle and triumph. She is the child of a person with a severe developmental disability and was a single, teenage mother. She is now an award winning pharmacist and resides in the St. Louis suburbs with her husband and three children.

“Every person needs a strong network behind them. BGACDC was a part of that for so many of us and is still that for so many more,” Farr stated.

Farr is currently a pharmacy manager for Walmart at its Florissant, Missouri location. She is a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, where she serves on the Professional Affairs Committee. She is actively involved with the Minority Women Pharmacist Association and serves on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Strategic Planning Committee. She is a member of Top Ladies of Distinction, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies’ Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, the League of Black Women, and is active in the “Red Shoe Movement,” a grassroots movement of women supporting women for career success.

Farr is a recipient of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy “Black Heritage Distinguished Alumnus Award,” the St. Louis American Foundation “Excellence in Health Care Award,” and the Pharmacist Mutual/Missouri Pharmacy Association “Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.”