Stanford Blood Center to Offer Financial-Planning Seminar for Donors

November 14, 2011
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
Michele Hyndman (650) 723-8237

STANFORD, Calif. — Following up on its successful “Giving Blood Works” career workshop promotion, the Stanford Blood Center will offer blood donors the opportunity to attend a free seminar on retirement and estate planning.

Donors who give blood at one of the center’s three locations in Palo Alto and Mountain View between Nov. 21 and Dec. 6 will have to opportunity to attend a “Giving Blood Saves” seminar on Dec. 6.

Financial advisor Pat Vitucci will discuss planning for retirement and the different risk levels involved in investing. Vitucci is well-known for providing financial advice on several radio and television stations in the past 15 years, including his weekly one-hour show, “Your Financial Life.” Kira King, an estate-planning attorney, will cover trusts, wills and estate-planning techniques to maximize benefits to heirs.

“We are happy to do this for the Stanford Blood Center donors,” said Vitucci. "Blood donors give up their free time willingly to help save the lives of local people. In this uncertain economy, this act of kindness is especially appreciated. As a community partner, we can offer something back to these generous donors by helping them to plan for their retirement.”

Attendees will be offered complimentary private consultations with both Vitucci and King. The seminar will be held at Stanford Blood Center’s location at 3373 Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto.

Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour. For more information or to schedule an appointment online, please call (888) 723-7831 or visit

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