GAWDA’s 75th Anniversary Video Red Carpet Premiere

Celebrating 75 years of GAWDA!

HOLLYWOOD, FL — The premiere screening of “GAWDA 75th Anniversary Video”, co-produced by GAWDA and 321 Blink, was held on Friday, May 15, 2020.  GAWDA President Abydee Butler Moore and Executive Director John Ospina kicked off the celebration live from the red carpet. They were joined for a virtual champagne toast by the rest of the GAWDA Executive Committee — Bob Ewing, Gary Halter, Robert Anders, Brad Peterson, and Ned Lane – as well as the GAWDA Headquarters Team and over 175 GAWDA members around the country.

The “GAWDA 75th Anniversary Video” features members, consultants and staff in attendance at the 2019 Washington DC Annual Convention.  Your favorite industry protagonist — and perhaps antagonist —  beautifully narrate their experiences with GAWDA over the years.  It is a blend of many stories with some similar themes:  multi-generational family involvement, growing up in the industry and passing the baton; developing lifelong friendships, mentors and confidants; and support in keeping businesses safe and profitable.

Thank you to all members for their continued support of the association and advancing of the industrial gas and welding industry.  A special thank you to all who partnered with our team for this production.

The “GAWDA 75th Anniversary Video” is now available for viewing at

For additional information on GAWDA and our 75th Anniversary, please contact John Ospina, Executive Director, or Andrea Levy, Director, Member Services and Programs,



Celebrating our 75th year, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) is dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies. Through its GAWDA Gives Back campaign, association members have donated almost $2 million over the last 16 years to 22 different charitable organizations in 13 communities across the U.S. Since 2013, GAWDA and its members also have provided scholarships totaling $166,000 to 83 young people interested in studies leading to careers in the industry. For more information, visit the association’s website at