Were you at the JW Marriot’s Garden Terrace Monday night?

We hear that there was a record crowd, including White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and all the press office, travel office and advance office staffs.

Food? Rare roast beef, fresh garlicky pasta and plenty of wine and beer.

Dana gave a short thank you and introduced husband Peter McMahon. Reporters welcomed back Kelly O’Donnell (who just departed to cover Capitol Hill for NBC) and Steve Holland (now covering campaigns for Reuters).

There was lots of gossip about who to invite as the entertainment for the big dinner next April 26th, 2008, but late night comedians have been ruled out.

Board member Ken Herman of Cox came early and Mike Allen of Politico, who is also a board member, stayed late.