The Kevin K. Cross Community Change Makers Award

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National Cannabis Festival in partnership with The Cross Family, Metropolitan Wellness Center and National Holistic Healing Center are proud to introduce the Kevin K. Cross Change Makers Award honoring an unsung hero in the community who has gone above and beyond to help/support others. 


We would like to honor a person who gives back without expectation of compensation. A person who does what's right, not just what's popular. A person who doesn't seek the spotlight, but instead seeks to enrich the lives of those around him/her.

In October 2017 the D.C. community tragically lost Kevin Cross, a friend, father, brother, son and colleague. Kevin was a much beloved member of the National Cannabis Festival family. He was the kind of person who would give you his last dollar and would take the time to help even when he really didn't have the time to spare. Kevin was a rare kind of person for whom ego played no role. He epitomized the spirit of the best of Washington, D.C. — knowledgeable, caring and always willing to lend a hand. He was truly an unsung hero.

Through this award, we hope to honor Kevin's legacy and the bright light he brought to the world through his kindness and selflessness. 

We are excited to invite you to nominate the unsung hero in your community to be recognized on the main stage at National Cannabis Festival with the presentation of the first ever Kevin Kareem Cross Change Makers Award. 

Please read below for information about the prize package and application:

Nomination Process

To nominate a community member, please complete the form in the link below by/before April 10, 2018. You will be asked to tell us about your nominee, their work in the community and the values that they champion in 1,000 words or less. Testimonials from additional friends/colleagues/family members are appreciated. Supplemental materials (photos, videos, links to articles, etc.) are welcome, but not required. The winner will be notified one week before NCF and will be invited to join us at the festival to receive the award on the main stage.

Deadline for Nominations:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Prize Package

  • $1,000 cash prize to assist with further work to benefit the community
  • Feature interview/article on the festival website