When Russ Gremel was younger, he made a smart purchase in the stock market – and he's given all the money he made to charity.
About 70 years ago, Gremel invested $1,000 in a Chicago-based pharmacy chain called Walgreens, the Chicago Tribune says. He never sold the shares, and now they're worth more than $2 million.
Gremel, 98, decided to donate his shares to the Illinois Audubon Society last year so it could buy 395 acres of property to create a wildlife refuge, saying he hopes "generations of young land stewards and bird enthusiasts will visit and enjoy the sanctuary," according to the organization.
And on Sunday, the Illinois Audubon Society dedicated the land as the Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary, thanking Gremel in a Facebook post for his "generous donation that allows us today, and those for many generations to come, to experience one of Illinois' rarest natural treasures."
To read more about Gremel, a veteran and longtime Illinois Audubon Society member, check out the Chicago Tribune's story here.