Unmasking the Singer 2023

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Meet Your Host

Lou was born and raised in Chicago.  As a child Lou performed with his brothers as the World’s Youngest Daredevils Stunt Driving Team.  Lou had aspirations of becoming a Veterinarian, which led him to Cornell College and Iowa State University.  Radio soon became his passion and he was one of the most listened to personalities in Des Moines.  In April of 2012, Lou made the switch to television, joining CW Iowa 23.
Lou and his wife Kathy reside in LouToona (Altoona), IA.

Lou is involved with MANY organizations including as a Board Member of the Blank Park Zoo, Board Member of Rock In Prevention, President of the Dirt Truck Racing Association and is a huge advocate of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and a supporter of The Salvation Army.




Meet The Judges

The Constellation Twins, Castor & Pollux 

With their renditions of Whatta Man by Salt N Peppa and backup dancers from the Waukee Dance Troupe, Castor & Pollux easily made it to the second round of voting in 2023.
In round two they performed Teenage Dirtbag, again with backup dancers, and finished in a solid 1st place! Who better to judge what it takes to win in 2023?

Leigh McNabb

Leigh McNabb is on 93.3 KIOA at 10am, and works right along with you each weekday until 3 pm. She is a West Des Moines native having graduated from both Valley High School and Iowa State University. Leigh’s husband, Mike Wickett, does mornings on sister station, LAZER 103.3 making Leigh the boss at work and at home. Oh, yeah, did you know Leigh gave birth to three babies in one year? Their first, Britton, in January of 2019 and their twins Miles and Miller 11 months later. AHHHHHHHH!!

Currently, Leigh does nothing but work and mom. Work and mom. But, when she can sneak away, she is a live music lover, foodie, and enjoys traveling. Leigh and Mike recently purchased a home in West Des Moines and are in full DIY mode. Leigh’s excited to be back in Des Moines to be closer to her nieces, Lucy and Lexi and her Godson, Ben.

Will Keeps

William Holmes aka “Will Keeps” is from Chicago, Illinois. He was abused at a young age by his stepfather which forced him to seek the love and protection he needed elsewhere. Like so many other young boys in similar situations, he found it in the form of a gang, The Blackstones gang in Chicago. This lifestyle went from feeling powerful, cared for and protected to almost losing his life and seeing others die.

At age 15, he witnessed his friend being murdered by a rival gang and when the gun was pointed to his head, the gun jammed. Will was then beaten almost to death. The gang cut him with knives and beat him with a baseball bat. Will was left for dead. Gratefully, Will survived and this was the beginning of his journey to saving others lives.

Will moved to Des Moines in his 20’s and began a new life where he wanted to focus on his future and how he wanted to be remembered. He wanted to make a change for others so they don’t have to go through life without feeling cared for, loved, or being in a home where they can feel safe. Today, Will is the Founder of Starts Right Here, a program designed to serve youth in a supportive, empowering environment. All young people deserve a chance to rise above the circumstances they were born into and to reach their mental, emotional, physical, and economic potential. They work with urban youth who have been touched by real-life challenges and give them a chance to choose a different future – empowering them to change their mindset to one of hope, purpose, and determination, and providing access to resources that support their goals.

West Des Moines City Councilwoman
Renee Hardman

Renee recently served as Broadlawns Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources and previously served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa and as the owner of Hardman Consultant, LLC. She was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Bankers Trust. She is an elected official and is the first African American woman to hold the position of West Des Moines City Council Member. Ms. Hardman serves as a Des Moines University Trustee, Business Record DEI Advisory Committee Member, Tri-Chair of the DSM USA 4 Equity Collective, West Des Moines Human Rights Commissioner (Liaison) and as a past Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Committee Member. She has earned recognition as a community advocate as the Business Record’s #5 Most Influential Business Leader, Iowa Women Hall of Fame inductee, City of West Des Moines MLK, Jr. Award recipient, and as a Woman of Influence. She earned her bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Drake University. Ms. Hardman holds a senior professional human resources (SPHR) certification. She worked at BMC as a Psychiatric Technician earlier in her career.


Heather Lee

Heather is the Music Director and Co-Host of 103.3 LAZR FM’s Heather and Wickett morning show. Heather previously worked in Omaha, Nebraska and Seattle before coming to Des Moines. Heather is the fun one on “Heather & Wickett”. Catch her regularly on her Sunfish at Big Creek Lake, topless in a MINI Roadster under the Valley Junction stars, on the swingset at Lauridsen Skatepark or at a rock show with her man-friend, Marcus. Follow her off-air on the IG STORIES.

She believes GRAVITY to be an enemy and combats any force that holds her back and tells her she can’t fly. If you’re into Texas Hold’em Poker, vintage vehicle restoration, unsigned artists, animal rescue, Confluence Brewing, 5K charity walks, coffee, theatre, comedy, BANG, yoga, Harvesting Souls, or Fight Club… She’d love to talk to you about all of the above; minus Fight Club.


Willie Farrell

Willie Farrell is Des Moines’ resident comedian. He has lived here his entire life, though his talent could have opened big doors out east and west. He is also the scion of Des Moines’ most famous Mafia connection. Lou Farrell was an Al Capone lieutenant. Willie is father to arguably the greatest softball player Des Moines has produced. Willie Farrell has performed in nearly every comedy club in the country, but now spends most of the year onstage at the Tropicana, Sahara, and Riviera Casino showrooms on the Las Vegas strip. Although a regular Las Vegas performer, Willie's talent is best showcased in his corporate appearances.




The Contestants


Vote anytime during each round for your favorite(s).

Round 1 voting ends at the end of the first video presentation. Round 2 voting ends at the start of the live auction.
To vote from the audience, scan the QR code next to your favorite and it will take you to their virtual kettle. Cast your votes with a donation ($1 = 1 vote), enter your credit card information and complete the donation. You can vote as often as you like and for as many contestants as you like.

Red kettles for each contestant can be found on tables in the lobby if you'd like to vote by check or cash. Kettle totals will only count toward fundraising total for contestant, not singing competition.

Voting Continues Online For 1 Week

All contestant virtual kettles will stay open for one week following the event and unmasking as they continue to compete for your
vote/dollars to be named The Biggest Fundraiser - Unmasking 2022!


Thank you to our sponsors












Rick and Marcia Wanamaker

Michael and Missy Wolnerman


Sponsorship Levels

EVENT SPONSOR.....................................................................................................$5000
• Introduced/recognized at Unmasking the Singer event
• One balcony box with five (5) Unmasking the Singer Super VIP event tickets which include
the reception and post-event clutch with singers. 12 floor tickets if balconies are gone.
• Option to have business’ mascot* be the costume for one of the contestants
• 60-second interview with Lou Sipolt or Major Butch Frost posted to social media
• Tagged/mentioned in all event social media posts on this event
• Social media post with photo of all contestants superimposed at sponsor's business/location or with logo
•Mentioned during all media interviews
•Logo on Unmasking the Singer webpage and hyperlinked to business’ website
•Company name included in press releases
•Graphic in playbill with QR code to sponsor’s website or a social media account

Mascot Sponsor ........................................................................................................$2500
•Company mentioned during intro as sponsor of singer
•Six (6) Unmasking the Singer VIP event tickets - center floor seats
•Tagged/mentioned in three (3) social media posts
•Logo on Unmasking the Singer webpage and hyperlinked to business’ website
•Option to have business’ mascot* be the costume for one of the contestants
•Company name included in press releases
•Graphic in playbill next to sponsored singer

Encore Sponsor ...........................................................................................................$1000
•Four (4) tickets to Unmasking the Singer event
•Host mention during event by Lou Sipolt
•Company listed in Encore Sponsor section of Unmasking the Singer webpage
•Company name included in press releases and in playbill

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