Shelly Lares spreads awareness for Ernestine Romero Foundation

Ernestine Romero & Shelly Lares | Courtesy photos

Ernestine Romerowas a rising star in Tejano music, she had justreleased a duetwith Tejano iconShelly Larestitled “Estupida” in May. Just two months later, Romero’s life was tragically cut short when she was shot andkilled by her estranged husbandin a murder-suicide.

A foundation has been set up to honor the fallen star. The Ernestine Romero Foundation founded by her motherOlivia Romerowill provide scholarships and bring awareness to domestic violence. Funds will be raised from album sales from Ernestine Romero at the official

Lares is helping to spread the news about the foundation, even donating her timbales for the cause.

“I’m raffling off my timbales on my website,” Lares told Tejano Nation. “All of the proceeds go to the Ernestine Romero Foundation.

Fans can purchase a ticket for $25.00 atShellyLares.Onlineand a winner will be chosen on August 11.

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Lares also recorded a tribute song for Romero, a collaboration withStefani MontielandJimencio.

“It was more of a gift for her family,” Lares said. “I think we want to share it with the fans and hopefully put it up for download later with all the proceeds going to the Ernestine Romero foundation as well.”

Romero recently celebrated her 20th year in the music industry with the release of her 10th album “Mi Tesoro” in March. She was a multiple New Mexico Hispano Music Awards winner and was a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards in 2016.

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