Binghamton Pond Festival On February 11th To Feature Proclamation From Broome County Executive


BINGHAMTON, NY – As part of this weekend's Binghamton Pond Festival, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar will declare Saturday, February 25th as “DIFD Power to the Purple Day”. The Proclamation will be issued on Saturday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Chenango Valley State Park. 

The event, which will be held at the tent outside the Pine Room, near the swimming (skating) area at Chenango Valley State Park, will feature County Executive Garnar, members of the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Binghamton Pond Festival organizer Tytus Haller, and representatives of the Binghamton Senators. A portion of the proceeds from the Binghamton Pond Festival will support the Mental Health Association’s DIFD youth mental health initiative.

The community will be encouraged to wear purple on Saturday, February 25 to show their support for youth mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Later that evening the Binghamton Senators will host the Utica Comets as part of their annual DIFD Power to the Purple game at 7:05 p.m.

DIFD was created in honor of Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of Stephanie and Luke (former B-Sens coach), who lost her life to suicide in November 2010.  DIFD seeks to inspire conversations about youth mental health and promote mental well-being.  Purple, which is Daron’s favorite color, is the official color of the DIFD initiative and all fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game on Saturday, February 25 to help raise awareness, inspire conversation and transform youth mental health. 

For more background on DIFD visit  Visit for information on where you can seek help regarding your personal mental illness. A detailed schedule for the Binghamton Pond Festival is available at

02/10/2017 - 1:42pm