'Jersey Shore's' Vinny: Sorry for Not Going to Yale

2/11/2010 2:04 AM PST
Vinny from "Jersey Shore" is really sorry the Northeast blizzard kept him from a charity event at Yale University -- but fear not Ivy Leaguers, Vinny is still hell-bent on partying with the smart kids.

Vinny was supposed to host the "Kiss Away Cancer Date Auction" today but was grounded in Los Angeles due to the snowstorms ripping up the NE ... so he sent a video message instead.

During the clip, Vinny says he's bummed out that he got "detained" but swears that if the Yalies can raise $4,000, he'll do "whatever it takes" to come out to New Haven and party in the next few months.