CARLY MONZO'S prom date was a good sport when she ditched him for another guy at this weekend's soiree. In fact, he thanked her for the slight later.
Why? It helps when the other guy is two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White.
Monzo, a senior at Mount St. Joseph Academy, in Flourtown, made a video asking White to accompany her to her senior prom, using a camera by GoPro, one of White's sponsors, and posted it to video-sharing site Vimeo.
"I didn't know that Shaun would be there until they dropped the curtain on the stage," Monzo told me about her surprise. "The dean of students called my name and I thought, 'Oh my God, what did I do?' I mean, I've spent time in her office, but it's usually for uniforms things."
Lo and behold, it was White and his band, Bad Things.
Monzo and White danced to "Unchained Melody" and "Shout."
"He just pulled out the dance moves," Monzo said. "I thought he was going to have trouble keeping up with me but I was like, 'I can't keep up with this.' "
Not unlike her prom date, 18-year-old Monzo is an athlete herself. Next year, she'll attend Loyola University Maryland to play basketball.
Jones leaves NBC10
Daralene Jones is leaving NBC10 and returning to her old station, WFTV, in Orlando, Fla. Jones is going back down South to be with her husband, whom she married in July, garnering a coveted mention in the New York Times wedding section. The newlyweds did the long-distance thing, but they would rather be together. Jones has been with NBC10 since December 2012.
Jones will be in Philly through the end of May sweeps, but she's starting the goodbye parties now. She stopped by Continental Midtown (1801 Chestnut St.), along with 6ABC's Kenneth Moton and some city politicos. One City Hall-er told me she was sad to see Jones go, saying that the bespectacled reporter actually cared about the city.
Philly at the WHCD
St. Joe's Prep grad Glynn Hill greeted President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday. The Howard University student won a scholarship named after Harry McAlpin, the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference.
Renee Chenault-Fattah, of NBC10, clad in yellow with a stunning statement necklace, was also at the dinner, affectionately deemed nerd prom, posing for pics with the likes of MSNBC host Ronan Farrow (who comes from famous parentage: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow), Questlove and Jill Scott. Chenault-Fattah is, of course, married to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Tony on TV
Tony Luke Jr.'s food-competition show, "Frankenfood," has a premiere date. Catch it on June 8 at 10 p.m. on Spike. Luke sits on the judges' panels while regular Joes pitch food conglomerations. A Philly episode will feature Bobby Fisher, chef at Molly Malloy's in the Reading Terminal Market.
OUT AND ABOUT
* Wu Tang Clan mastermind RZA laid his head at the Hotel Monaco (433 Chestnut St.) while he was in town promoting the new Fox drama "Gang Related." The longtime vegetarian stopped by HipCityVeg (127 S. 18th St.) after Marisa Magnatta of the Preston and Steve show gave him the recommendation.
* New Kids on the Block-er and actor Donnie Wahlberg helped fiancee Jenny McCarthy open up her Dirty, Sexy, Funny comedy tour at the Keswick Theatre on Saturday. At a meet and greet, "Dance Party U.S.A." cast member Liz Jacobs got to show Wahlberg a video of her performing NKOTB's "No More Games," dressed as Wahlberg. Later, the couple hung out with fans at Plush (256 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside).
* Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels dined on a burger while having lunch with his son at Wimpy's (1015 N. Providence Road, Media) last week. An onlooker told me that Hamels looked very attentive to his little one.