The Bethune Recognition Program was established in 1974 by members of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut sections as a fundraising event to raise money for the national organization and to honor Dr. Dorothy I. Height.

The Bethune Recognition event is currently sposnored in different states and by several of the many NCNW sections. The Bethune Recognition Program is designed to honor NCNW members and their surrounding communities, who exemplify the legacy of Mrs. Bethune by making a positive difference in their communities.

In Connecticut, all four sections; Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and New London, work together to create a Recognition event biennially. Planning and organization is rotated betweeen sections, as are the locations. Though fundamentally it is a fundraiser, the Connecticut sections make it a point to always honor educators and community service minded individuals, in memory of Mary McLeod Bethune.

October 23, 2010 - Bridgeport
September 29, 2012 - New Haven

As of 2010, the Bethune program was officially renamed the Bethune-Height Recognition Program during the 75th anniversary Convocation but the purpose remains the same, to honor those who live and practice the legacy of Mrs. Bethune.

September 22, 2018 - Bridgeport