In each of the past three years, teenage piano protege Rachel Shapiro has given a fundraising concert to benefit a medical charity.

Before Shapiro heads off to college, the Staples High School senior will give one more charity performance -- this time to benefit breast-cancer research.

The fundraising concert is scheduled Thursday evening, May 24, at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 501 Post Road East

The performance is planned at 7:30 p.m., and all proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Minimum donation is $30 for adults and $20 for children over age 10, concert organizers said in a news release. Advance reservations by mail are required.

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For reservations The concert is Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Steinway Piano Gallery. Donations: Minimum donation is $30 for adults, $20 for children over age 10. Payment: Checks should be payable to "The Breast Cancer Research Foundation" and mailed to: Rachel Shapiro, 606 Post Road East, #570, Westport, CT 06880. Confirmation: Include email address with payment, and confirmation will be emailed. Admission: A reservations list will be at the door; no tickets will be issued.

The 17-year-old Shapiro in her three previous benefits raised a total of about $13,000 for three separate medical charities, concert organizers said.

Shapiro chose breast cancer research as this year's beneficiary because many of her family's friends have been treated for it, according to the release.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer, according to the Breast Research Foundation. Yet there are about 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

The organization says more than 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to breast-cancer research grants and awareness programs.

Shapiro's first benefit concert in 2009 raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to honor her great-grandfather, who had died of leukemia.

In 2010, her performance benefitted the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America because she learned that several relatives of Steinway Gallery manager Barbara Oligino had been affected by the disease.

At last year's concert, Shapiro raised money for the pancreatic-cancer research after a longtime family friend died of the disease.

The pianist in the fall plans to attend Oberlin College in Ohio to pursue double degrees in the school's conservatory of music and its liberal arts college, her mother, Melissa Shapiro, said.

For reservations

The concert is Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Steinway Piano Gallery.

Donations: Minimum donation is $30 for adults, $20 for children over age 10.

Payment: Checks should be payable to "The Breast Cancer Research Foundation" and mailed to: Rachel Shapiro, 606 Post Road East, #570, Westport, CT 06880.

Confirmation: Include email address with payment, and confirmation will be emailed.

Admission: A reservations list will be at the door; no tickets will be issued.