MIAMI HERALD -- Aug 11 -- Despite the popularity of Internet dating, the ages old profession of matchmaker is still thriving. Annie Robbins, 57 of Fort Lauderdale, was trained at the Matchmaking Institute in Manhattan, which set up shop in 2003 and has since trained 250 aspiring romance-makers. Matchmakers charge up to $100,000, says Lisa Clampitt, one of the founders of the Matchmaking Institute. Robbins says her fee, ranging from $400 to $7,500, is not an expense, it's an investment. Clients became frustrated with dishonesty online but comfortable with the idea of having a third party find them a match, Clampitt says.
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