Boston Celtics manager Danny Ainge sat in a dunk tank to raise money for son's Utah campaign

Dad puts his dignity on the line for what he sees as a good cause — his son.<br>

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Danny Ainge reacts after being dunked in a dunking booth, at a fundraiser in Provo for his son Tanner Ainge, who is running for congress, in Utah’s third district. Monday, August 7, 2017.

In the competitive Republican primary to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, every dollar counts — and Utah County businessman Tanner Ainge knows it.

Ainge, a first-time candidate with $96,400 in cash on hand, hosted a fundraiser Monday night to land some more donations. And he had a big name to boast.

For $25, attendees could try to dunk Ainge’s famous father, Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge, into a tub of water.

The Orem event is not the first time Ainge has brought his family into the mix. Danny Ainge also attended a campaign fundraiser for his son in June — though at a much steeper cost to participants. Tickets for the country club affair in Heber went for $1,000 per individual or $2,700 per couple.

Danny Ainge is a Utah celebrity for his game-winning shot that sent BYU to the Elite Eight in the 1981 NCAA Tournament.

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