Former Bolton Supervisor Zandy Gabriels looked at the crowd who ate a wide variety of creative dishes prepared and shared by the attendees.
"This is what a small town is all about - helping someone when they have a problem," he said. "The people who organized it are good-hearted people - This makes me proud to be a Boltonian."
Event organizer Kathleen Simmes echoed the point in fewer words.
"This is just awesome," she said.
A substantial portion of the money raised came from money bid on items and services donated by area businesses for a silent auction held at Saturday's dinner. Bolton resident Dale Erhardt had canvassed a lot of the local businesses for the donations. The remainder came from individual donations by Boltonians.
Shaw has been in a financial crunch because she worked for years for the Adirondack Mountain Club, and she had no health insurance program. Now, she must rely on Medicaid reimbursement to offset most, but not all of the medical expenses.
Monday, Wilson said the event had raised $5,060, and people still seeking to donate can deposit donations at any TD Banknorth, payable to the Carol Shaw Fund, or send checks to Simmes at the Bolton Town Hall.
"People's generosity has saved Carol's home from back taxes, and there's enough for Carol to have a little towards her heating bills this winter."