"Pete wasn't changed," Rainey said, "He was transformed."
Right to Life President Louis Kavanaugh Jr. said Aldrich was "a man well deserving."
"I think all of us has seen the product of his work and have seen many people he's brought back from the brink," Kavanaugh said.
As is the custom, local political leaders were at the banquet. State Reps. Mark Messmer, and Matt Uebelhor, and state Sen. John Waterman were in attendance. Also in attendance were candidates for state and county offices. A representative from Congressman Larry Bucshon, R-Evansville, was in attendance as the congressman was in session during the federal government shutdown.
"It is always encouraging to see everyone at the banquet," Kavanaugh said in his opening remarks.
This is the 36th year for the annual dinner. This year's cover child was Jenna Marie LeTourneau, daughter of Kelly and Traci LeTourneau. Jenna was adopted from a local birth mother by the family.