Community Support

In support of the community we serve, The Early Bird & Bluebag Media are honored to help give back to as many local events and organizations as possible.

GHS Athletic Dept Boosters
The mission of the Greenville Athletic Boosters Organization is to support and encourage academic and athletic excellence in all Greenville Student Athletes and Athletic teams. You will see The Early Bird & Bluebag banner proudly displayed on the football and basketball courts, on the chairs for the basketball team, as well as their support at games and various fundraising events. We believe that by supporting our athletes, we are supporting the future leaders of our community. For more information please see http://www.greenville.k12.oh.us/AthleticBoosters.aspx

Youth for Christ
The mission of YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. You will see The Early Bird & Bluebag Media at the YFC Golf Classic and other fundraising events helping to make a difference in the lives of our youth. To learn more about Youth for Christ visit their website at http://www.yfcmv.org/

Darke County Special Olympics
It is such a special honor to be able to participate in the Special Olympics track and field each year and congratulate the winners. Of course each participant is a winner in so many ways. The Early Bird & Bluebag Media supports these special folks in many ways both financially as well as giving of their time.

A Night In Hollywood
The brain child of four Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students has become an annual event which features the artistic talents of Special Olympians and raises funds for Special Olympics. Since the initial Night in Hollywood in 2015, the Early Bird & Bluebag Media has been honored to participate in this event with sponsorship, photos and coverage of the event. This is truly a special fundraiser for some very special people.

March of Dimes
The Early Bird & Bluebag Media is proud to have been selected as the media sponsor for the annual March for Babies Walk each May. The Mission of the March of Dimes is “to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth.” Every baby who is born in Darke County benefits directly from the research conducted by the March of Dimes. For more information please go to their website at https://www.marchofdimes.org/

Veterans Memorial Park and Digital Library
The Early Bird & Bluebag Media is a proud sponsor of the Talent Show which is held each year on Veteran’s Day. The mission is to build the first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art veterans digital memorial. The memorial will add to the already beautiful and glorious park. Preserving the memory of those who have sacrificed much to defend our freedoms is a cause we are honored to be a part of. https://www.facebook.com/GVMPDL/

The Arcanum Business Association
The Early Bird & Bluebag Media is a sponsor of the Arcanum Old Fashioned Days Golf outing and participate in the Old Fashioned Days Parade to help support the City of Arcanum and the Arcanum Business Association. After all – this is where the Early Bird started in 1968. For information visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ArcanumEvents/

Annie’s Star Spangled Gala / Gathering at the Garst
Annie’s Star Spangled Gala is held in June each year is one of the main fundraisers for the Garst Museum. This event features gourmet appetizers, silent auctions, raffles, door prizes and also a live auction. This is followed by the Gathering at the Garst which is the last full weekend in July. The event features a wide range of quality vendors filling the grounds of the Garst Museum to including Artists, Antique Dealers, Craftsmen, Primitive Folk Artists, Garden Exhibitors and Unique Food Purveyors as well as Entertainers, Living History Encampment Re-enactors and Community Non-Profit Organizations. This juried two day event provides each Vendor and Entertainer the opportunity to sell their wares, perform their art and or demonstrate their skills and knowledge to a crowd of over 10,000 visitors. The Early Bird promotes this event with the guide put together by their talented production staff which is delivered to 28,100 businesses and homes. For more information please see their website at https://www.gatheringatgarst.com/

Darke County United Way
Keith Foutz, President and Publisher serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way. United Way believes that when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day. The Early Bird supports this mission. Learn More about this organization at https://www.darkecountyunitedway.org/

Darke County Center for the Arts
Formed in 1978 by a group of five local citizens, Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. The Early Bird & Bluebag Media supports this great organization. Please see their website at http://www.centerforarts.net/index.php for more information.

Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW)
The mission of the Greenville BPW is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Peggy Foutz is the President of the club for the 2018-2019 year. The Early Bird is proud to promote the organization as well as support the fundraising efforts which go towards scholarships for Darke County Young women. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006895247384

Main Street Greenville Hometown Heroes Banner Program
Main Street Greenville is proud to honor our servicemen and servicewomen with the Greenville Hometown Heroes Program. The program was created to pay tribute to the brave men and women in Greenville who are serving, have served or have given their life to our country in the United States Armed Forces. The Early Bird& Bluebag Media is proud to honor their own Ryan Berry and Gaylen Blosser with a banner in this program. Thank you for your service. Please view the information at http://www.mainstreetgreenville.org/hometown-heroes-banner-program

Beggars’ Night & Halloween Parade
What would Halloween be without an annual Halloween parade? When this event needed a new sponsor, the Early Bird & Bluebag Media stepped up to keep the tradition alive. Their mascot “Scoop” makes a perfect fit and appears each year at a tradition which brings thousands to Downtown Greenville and smiles to everyone’s faces.

Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County– Pink Mile Walk
The annual 5K Run is held every July is an important fundraiser which draws attention to the importance of screening and treatment for both women and men who are battling the disease. The event features area men to participate in the Pink Mile Walk from Annie Oakley Park to the city building and then join the Annie Oakley parade. The Early Bird& Bluebag Media supports this important event to raise money to help local Darke County patients.

Cancer Association of Darke County
The Cancer Association of Darke County has been serving the community since 1995. We specialize in providing education and support to those afflicted with cancer and their friends and families. The Early Bird & Bluebag Media helps this much needed association with their sponsorship of the Annie Oakley Golf Tournament as well as other events such as their Monte Carlo night and BBQ dinner fundraisers. Browse their website for more information at http://cadcinfo.org/about-us/

Wayne HealthCare Foundation
The Wayne HealthCare Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that began in 2007 to perpetuate and advance the highest quality of healthcare services at Wayne HealthCare and in Darke County. Wayne HealthCare’s mission is to provide quality care and promote wellness close to home. As a sponsor The Early Bird & Bluebag Media supports this organizations efforts to make our community a healthier place.

Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol
Besides traffic control,The Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol provides law enforcement services, security, and crowd control for special events such as county fairs, concerts and many other events. The annual Home & Sports Show is a major fundraiser for this essential part of our community. The Early Bird & Blue Bag Media promote this great event. In addition, they support their BBQ Dinner fundraiser.

Brethren Retirement Center Annual Gala
Guided by Christian values, the Brethren Retirement Center provides exceptional service to all entrusted to their care. Core values include, Benevolence (for those in need), Compassions (in all they do), Excellence (since 1902), Integrity (without question), and Innovation (creative solutions). Their annual Gala raises funds to assist in this cause. The Early Bird & Bluebag Media is proud to help support this event. See their website at http://www.bhrc.org for more information on this essential part of our community.

Greenville Kiwanis
Kiwanis International is passionate about making a difference. Helping kids grow and succeed is at the heart of everything they do. Gaylen Blosser of the Early Bird & Bluebag Media serves on the board for Kiwanis who helps make a difference in our community. We are passionate about making a difference. ping kids grow and succeed is at the heart of everything we do. But how we do it is just as important!

Rotary
Ryan Berry, is a member of the Rotary club of Greenville. Their motto is “Service above Self”. Through fundraisers such as setting up voting booths for elections and their Lemonade Shake up stands at The Great Darke County Fair, they raise funds which are given to many groups in the community.

The Great Darke County Fair
Since 1853, the Great Darke County Fair is a celebration for the entire community. The Early Bird & Blue Bag Media is pleased to be named “The Official Newspaper” for this event. They capture the spirit of the community through their photos both online and in print. For more information visit their website at http://darkecountyfair.com/

Community Parades
The Early Bird & Bluebag Media is proud to be a part of the communities we serve and participates along with their mascot “Scoop” in the following parades: Arcanum Old Fashioned Days, Versailles Poultry Days, Ansonia 4th of July Celebration, New Madison 4th of July, and Annie Oakley Days among others.