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The Merchants team at the Alzheimer’s Association 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Buffalo, New York. Pictured from left: Joann Pinelli, Dawn Malek, Erica Dalton (front), Matthew Leslie (back), Michael Alessandra, Patricia Alessandra, Ryan Hauser, Carol Alessandra, Ryan Alessandra, Angelo Alessandra, Shannon Alessandra.

Merchants Insurance Group is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Alzheimer’s Association‘s Buffalo Walk to End Alzheimer’s for another year. Merchants began sponsoring the walk in 2017.

For this year’s walk, which took place on September 24th at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, Merchants created a corporate team that raised additional donations and participated in the walk. The team was organized and led by Michael Alessandra, Merchants’ Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit. Michael Alessandra is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter.

“I’m grateful and appreciative of the support Merchants has given the Alzheimer’s Association over the past few years to address this disease that has touched so many of us,” stated Michael Alessandra.

Merchants regularly sponsors and donates to philanthropic causes and organizations across its local communities. Learn more here.


About the Alzheimer’s Association

“The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia®. Visit or call 800.272.3900.”

Erica Dalton

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.