The 2013 National Coach of the Year award winner, Duke University football coach David Cutcliffe, will be the featured speaker at the Catholic Charities fourth annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala, to be held April 26, 2014, at the downtown Raleigh Marriott.

Invitations for the black-tie event will be mailed to recent Catholic Charities supporters on March 24. Online registration for sponsorship and individual tickets is now available at:

Coach Cutcliffe grew up Catholic in Birmingham, Ala. As the quarterback coach and then offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, he won a national championship and helped groom future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. After a successful head coaching run at Ole Miss, where he recruited and coached Eli Manning, Coach Cutcliffe was named the Duke head coach in December 2007.

Inheriting a team that had lost 45 of its last 51 games, Coach Cutcliffe has built a winning program and in 2013 led Duke to a 10-4 record overall and the ACC Coastal Division Championship. Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils narrowly missed upsetting Texas A&M in the Chik-fil-A Bowl. Coach Cutcliffe won numerous National Coach of the Year awards in 2013 for his team’s success. The father of four children, he and his wife, Karen, are very involved at the Duke Catholic Center.

The Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala benefits the social ministry of Catholic Charities across Eastern North Carolina. In 2013, Catholic Charities provided over 63,500 individuals with emergency assistance or various forms of counseling. While the Diocese of Raleigh’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal provides over 30 percent of the Catholic Charities budget, additional funding is required to not simply sustain their outreach to those in need of assistance but to grow their outreach to additional families throughout the Diocese.

 In addition to Coach Cutcliffe, the event will feature a silent auction. For sponsorship or ticket information contact Katey Fithian at 919-821-8142 or