Akita Advocates was started in late 2004 to help find homes for displaced Akitas. Since that time, we have rescued over 200 dogs and found new, loving homes for them. We are a very small group of dedicated volunteers for whom rescue is a full-time second job. However, we have a passion about helping dogs who cannot help themselves.
AARTA is a 100% volunteer organization existing solely on donations.
Medieval Mayhem Historical Arts Foundation -
Established in 2016 as a 501c3 for the love of history and the arts, MMHAF was founded in part to offer scholarships to local White Mountain students who have a talent/passion for the same.
As a means of raising funds for these scholarships, MMHAF presents this and other events in the area so look for the Viking Shield and know that you support a local student's further education!
The Greyhounds of the Royal Realm was founded by Dave & Coleen Thacker. They've been friends of Medieval Mayhem since the start. Their love of animals and more specifically greyhounds has led them to where they are today. They have dedicated their time and efforts to ensure that these amazing animals have a loving home after their racing career has ended. Please take a moment to stop and meet these amazing people and the animals they care for.
Combatant's reproduce non-choreographed combat competitions in both one-on-one and group battle scenarios. Combat takes place in three basic forms: a training form for beginners using slatted bamboo weapons (shinai), rapier-style with a variety of fencing-type weapons, and heavy armored combat using real steel weapons.
Dragon's Realm appears at several events throughout the year and these appearances are used to raise money for our charitable interests which include the Mesa Child Crisis Center and the local Akita Rescue program (Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona). Dragon's Realm has a Royal Court, pirates, bead table, and a pillory along with many other things used to entertain the patrons at faires and other events.