"Six years ago, STAR-K undertook the goal of trying to solve the Baltimore singles situation, typical of many Orthodox communities throughout the U.S. Offering a cash incentive for a period of one year to anyone who successfully arranged a shidduch for a woman in Baltimore’s Orthodox community, STAR-K hoped that its gift would act as a dual incentive: first, for professional shadchanim worldwide in order to put Baltimore women on the top of their singles lists, and second for “would-be shadchanim” and acquaintances to keep Baltimore women in mind.
STAR-K has since renewed this Shidduch Incentive Program annually, raising the initial gift from $2,000 to $2,500. We are pleased to announce that this program has been a great success, as well as an inspiration for other cities to help their singles. To date (no pun intended!), STAR-K has paid out $320,000 for a total of 134 matches. Regretfully, STAR-K will no longer be able to fund this program. However, all shidduchim made before Purim 5771 (March 20, 2011) will be honored."
Check the above link for more info.
Out of curiosity: Did anyone you know benefit from this incentive program?
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