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Paintings & Pairings

Insight's Paintings & Pairings Gala

October 20, 2023


Silent auction, live music, networking, passed hors d’oeuvres and paired wines

Seasonal salad, delicious meal and dessert to enjoy at your table

Sponsor Recognition, Excellence In Memory Care Awards, and Live Auction


New Night, New Location!

We're excited for a new night (hello weekend!) and new location (between our Fairfax and Sterling centers) to help more friends come and celebrate with us. What hasn't changed is the fantastic evening of celebrating Insight's work in the community! Guests will enjoy great food, live and virtual auctions, networking, and a wonderful program highlighting dementia care in our community.

All proceeds from the event benefit Insight Memory Care Center, a nonprofit adult day health and resource center. Help us achieve our vision of a community where those affected by memory impairments can achieve the highest quality of life.

Tickets will be available in August. To stay in the loop about all things Paintings & Pairings, sign up for the email list!


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2023 event! Insight is a nonprofit adult day health and resource center, and we rely on the generosity of others like you to support our vision of a community where those affected by memory and cognitive impairments can achieve the highest quality of life. Help us meet our mission, while also gaining great exposure for your organization as an event sponsor! Please contact Amy Stirnweis for more information.


Excellence in Memory Care Award

Insight Memory Care Center’s Excellence in Memory Care Award recognizes programs and services that are models of excellence and are positively impacting memory care in our community. The winner of our 7th annual award was announced the evening of the event:

Aging Rainbows

Congratulations Karen McPhail and Aging Rainbows! We sincerely thank you for your impact on memory care in our community. Your commitment to providing community outreach and fostering inclusive care communities and care providers makes our community a better place for LGBTQ+ older adults.

Read more about each of our finalists! If you're interested in learning more, or have a nomination for the 2023 award, please contact Amy Stirnweis at


About the Event

Paintings & Pairings began in 2012 as a smaller gathering of Insight supporters who came together to enjoy the creative pursuits of our day center participants. Our art therapy program had just begun, and we saw the event as a wonderful way to highlight our participant’s talents. All of the paintings were for sale, along with a few tempting raffle item packages. And of course, what would an evening be without a little food or drink? We welcomed our guests with delicious hors d’oeuvres that were paired with chef recommended wine selections for an extra treat. And thus Paintings & Pairings was born, as we celebrated Insight through art and wine.

The event has grown each year, from 100 attendees in 2012 to nearly 400 at our last in-person event in 2019. With the pandemic, the event went virtual in 2020 and 2021, but still allowed for all the fun on our virtual event platform. We were fortunate to be able to gather again in-person in 2022, and look forward to holding the event in-person each year as it's safe to do so! Over the years we've remained true to our roots with original elements of the event. Paintings include participant artwork, along with the works of local artists who are connected to our center and our cause. We have also expanded the raffle into a full silent and live auction, providing even more fun – and friendly competition! – during the event.

What hasn't changed each year is that all the proceeds from the event ensure families and our community are getting the support and care they need when faced with a dementia diagnosis. Thank you to so many that have celebrated with us from the beginning, those that have celebrated virtually, and of course those who attend Paintings & Pairings for the first time this year!


Many Thanks to our Sponsors!





Arden Courts ProMedica Memory Care  |  Comfort Keepers  |  Decena Home Care LLC   |  Encore AV  |  Tiffani C. Moore  |  Paragon Assisted Living & Paragon Home Care  |  The Landing Alexandria & The Providence



Brightview Communities in Virginia  |  Cobbdale Assisted Living  |  Great Falls Assisted Living  |  Renaissance of Annandale



AARP  |  Mark H. and Anita K. Epstein  |  Don and Sue Goldrosen  |  The Residence at Colvin Run  |  Susan M. K. Stadsklev  |  Tilden Memory Care


Past Sponsors



Want to learn more about the event? Please contact Amy Stirnweis at

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