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Bills “Tailgate” Event to Benefit United Way Campaign

Colleagues at Merchants Insurance Group’s corporate headquarters showed their team spirit at the second annual United Way Bills Tailgate Event! Gearing up for a primetime matchup against the New York Giants, colleagues gathered for a “tailgate” lunch and other Bills-themed fun, all to benefit this year’s United Way campaign.


The United Way committee sold hot dogs, veggie burgers, nachos, chips, cookies, water, and soda.



There were several exciting prizes for Merchants’ Bills fans to win big! Attendees purchased football squares for the game and raffle tickets in hopes of winning tailgate essentials such as a portable grill, lawn games, a cooler bag, and camp chairs. All colleagues were eligible to enter two special raffles, too: the 50/50 or the grand prize of the event, an autographed Stefon Diggs jersey!

In addition to corporate events, Merchants’ annual United Way campaign encourages colleagues to contribute to United Way through e-pledge donations throughout the year. As an incentive to rally early e-pledge support, corporate colleagues who completed their e-pledge before the event were entered into another raffle, too, for prizes including Bills tumblers, apparel, bags, flags, and more!


Team Spirit

Merchants colleagues love a little friendly competition! Judged by the loudest applause, three colleagues were crowned the best dressed Bills fans.

First Place: Barb Milne, Litigation Adjuster II

Second Place: Patty Mazone, Sr. Auto Physical Damage Adjuster

Third Place: Angela Collins, Multi-Line Adjuster I

Each winner received a $25 Amazon gift card.

From left: Angela Collins, Barb Milne, and Patty Mazzone

The breakroom was full of blue, white, and red as colleagues came decked out in their Bills gear for the occasion!

On Sunday, October 15, the Bills beat the Giants 14-9, but that wasn’t the only win worth celebrating. Thanks to Merchants colleagues’ team spirit and generosity, the “tailgate” lunch was a major success for this year’s United Way campaign, raising $2,551.

Combined with $500 made from football squares, Merchants’ Bills festivities contributed $3,051 toward the campaign goal!


Gallery | October 11, 2023

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Merchants’ Support of United Way

Merchants Insurance Group is proud to support the United Way and the incredible work this organization does in our local communities. Each fall, Merchants colleagues generously elect to contribute to the United Way through year-round e-pledges and fundraising efforts such as the Bills Tailgate lunch and other events at our corporate office. Colleagues’ contributions then benefit the United Way chapter in their respective region. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s campaign!

Learn more about Merchants’ philanthropy here.

Katherine Trautwein

Merchants Insurance Group

Merchants Insurance Group sells its products through a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agents in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. We sell our products through independent insurance agents because we believe they provide value to policyholders through their broad range of products and their insurance expertise.