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Our Client Reviews



Thank you so much again for your team's excellent service and support with respect to our Night Out for

Trevor event last month. The system worked wonderfully, and we were all very pleased.

We wanted to write to express particularly our gratitude for Derek Ray's (Formaly Basista’s) on-site support. A number of unexpected fires popped up during the course of the evening — including four last-minute additions to our auction, the need to enter bids on behalf of bidders who could not use the electronic bidding system, and a request to extend the closing time for the sale that ultimately turned into a need to re- open the bidding. Not only was Derek responsive to our needs on the night of our event, he implemented each solution with a paramount degree of calm and efficiency.

At the end of the evening, during checkout, I can honestly say that we would have had a total procedural breakdown had Derek not been there to aid in the process. He stayed until the bitter end of the event and ensured that our closeout was executed well.

Coming from an auctioneering background, I know how stressful coordination of an event like ours can be —- particularly when more points than expected don’t go as planned. Derek handled everything beautifully and was a paragon of professionalism the entire evening. I cannot recommend him highly enough, and I'm sure you know how very lucky you are to have him on your staff.

Thank you again. and please feel free to forward this letter on to whomever you see fit.


Ryen Rasmus
Silent Auction Co-Chair
DC Ambassador Committee
The Trevor Project



Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) helped plan and coordinate my sister's wedding and I have to say it was more than I could have asked for. Derek Ray (Formerly Basista) helped coordinate setting up prior to the wedding, arrived early and stayed late into the evening. He accommodated all of my sister's needs and in a timely manner, as her wedding was planned only 3 months before the big day. Derek is very hardworking and dedicated to every aspect of event planning. Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) went above and beyond our expectations to give my sister and her husband a night to remember for the rest of their lives. We thank you so much for making her dreams come true that evening!! 


If you are looking for an innovative professional to lead, manage and design your event, then look no further than Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) Our station has had the pleasure of working with Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) on a few occasions and was very impressed with their ability to set the strategic vision and implement large, complex customer events with grand success. Their strong customer focus, superior organization skills, and high-quality standards always shine through as they manage multiple relationships from vendors to customers to internal cross-functional teams. Our radio station would highly recommend Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) to manage any conference, trade show or company event.


We would like to extend a big Thank-You to Derek Ray (Formerly Basista) and his team at Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group). We have had the pleasure of working with Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) to create and host the two largest wedding shows we have ever attended. Derek’s professionalism and creativity show through from the concept stages right through to the event day itself. During our event, we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves, knowing the details were all expertly looked after, and comfortable that if anything unexpected came up, it too would be handled with finesse. It is our pleasure to recommend Derek and his excellent team.


It was a pleasure working with the Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) team on our wedding show events. Their attention to detail and creative ideas really stood out. I really appreciated knowing that all aspects of the events were taken care of, but that I could still contribute to the planning. Our events turned out to be a great experience for all involved and I received a number of compliments from our team. I look forward to working with Charity Events Group again!


We used Stage This Event (Formerly Charity Events Group) to coordinate a very important event for us. From initial planning to actual event execution and final wrap up, your service was exceptionally professional, prompt and attentive – no detail too small, no job too large or difficult to handle. Changes and additional requests were handled immediately and most of all: I never needed to worry… anyone who has had the responsibility of putting on a big event knows this matters most of all!


It is with honor and respect that I am able to write this review for such an amazing company, vision, and friend. As the Chief Executive Officer of The Gallagher Group International, I have had the opportunity to work with Stage This Event for many years now and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

The Founder & CEO Derek Ray is not only an amazingly hard-working young man, but he has dedication and vision to help those around him at all cost. He has devoted countless hours to assisting my office as well as our clients on event design, staging, marketing, and planning.

I would love to recommend Stage This Event and Derek R. Ray to anyone who may be looking to plan, design, market, or set a wedding and/or event around the United States.



I have had the opportunity to work with Derek Ray (The Founder & CEO) and Stage This Event for the past three years. Never once have they ever displayed that they were unable or unwilling to perform any requested tasked from our office or our clients team.

Stage This Event and their Founder, Mr. Derek R. Ray are the true meaning of professional, courteous, willing, and efficient in wedding and event planning, design and marketing.

With the help and dedication from Stage This Event, we have been able to raise much needed operating funds to help local school chapters in Las Vegas, Nevada and beyond.

It is with great pleasure to recommend with great respect the staff and members of Stage This Event and their Founder & CEO Mr. Derek R. Ray

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Stage This Event is a national event and wedding planning and design firm that has been awarded state and local awards.  

Columbia County, Pennsylvania