With the OCSA Golf Outing coming up in July, we sat down with Melissa Rosner who will be running the silent auction for the event. Melissa has been an OCSA supporter for several years, is a committed Chicago Cubs fan and fellow animal lover. Keep reading to get to know Melissa, her personal connection to ovarian cancer and a sneak peek inside the silent auction for this year’s annual Golf Outing.
OCSA: How did you learn about OCSA?
I found out about OCSA by searching for local ovarian cancer awareness organizations. I was at a point in my life that I was happy and I wanted to give back and honor the memory of my cousin and others who have fought their brave battles with ovarian cancer. I am so grateful for all the support we are being shown and I feel very privileged to be a part of OCSA.
OCSA: Can you tell us about your very personal connection to ovarian cancer?
My cousin Kelly Mulqueeny was diagnosed with stage 4 in the summer of 2008 while being treated for a gunshot wound that was inflicted while she was being mugged. We came to view that as blessing in disguise. We were able to share two years with her until she succumbed to the cancer at age 40 in Aug 2010. I’m happy that we got share in celebrating the Blackhawks Stanley Cup that year. She was a huge Hawks fan. Everyone who came to know her, loved her as she was so full of life and had a generous giving spirit. I miss her every day. My two daughters Alexandra and Abigail, close friends and my clients helped me out of my grief. I am very grateful for my boyfriend Scott Beck as he has been so supportive of me and my endeavors. I’m looking forward to when ovarian cancer doesn’t affect our wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, and friends anymore.
OCSA: How long have you been a hairdresser? What do you like about your job?
I have been a hairstylist for over 28 years. I love my job! I am able to make people feel better about themselves. My clients are family. We share laughs, tears and some more laughs. I’ve seen clients grow from birth, to graduating and starting families of their own. I feel so old sometimes! I have been able to help clients cope with various illnesses through my career as a stylist. It’s amazing just how the value of touching someone, whether doing their hair or giving them a hug when you see them, matters to them and to me.
OCSA: We understand you are running the silent auction at the 4th Annual OCSA Golf Outing. Everyone wants to know…what are some of the items that have been donated?
I’m on the committee for the silent auction and the generosity being shown by our donors is awesome but not surprising. We have very caring business owners and partners in our vicinity. Some of the items we’re auctioning off include: a cooking class for six hosted by Chef Didier Durand at his private residence, custom artwork by Artbeat Live, an autographed baseball by Chicago Cubs Trevor Cahill, a basket for the Blackhawks fan, an overnight for two at the Hilton Chicago, two kid baskets for the budding chef in your family and much more.
OCSA: Tell us what you love about Chicago Baseball?
I’m a Chicago sports fanatic. I’ve been a Chicago Cubs fan since I was a kid even though my family hails from the south side. I love Cubs fans! We have stuck by our Cubs all these years because they are like family. We share good times and many years of bad times but we still had fun! We fans have stayed loyal even though we have had our fair share of haters and reasons to desert our team but there is no place on earth like Wrigley Field. It’s always a party and the view is awesome. The energy at the games is like none other, even on opening day when we’re freezing our butts off. This year is proof that you never say never. Go Cubs Go!!!